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Metorex is consolidating its position as a mid-tier mining Group in Southern Africa through a concerted balance between present day innovation, and future sustainability

PERSPECTIVE UGANDA ENERGY ‘GETS FIT’ 14 Industry experts analyse Uganda’s foray into the solar sphere

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Durban: A modern day wonder

WINDER CONTROLS (PTY) LTD 50 The technology leader in shaft hoisting and threechamber energy recovery systems

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fficially recognised as one of the New 7 Wonder Cities in 2015, Durban’s modern contrast to much of South Africa’s traditional and historical beauty has made it a leading destination for tourists and business delegates alike. As part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality - a name aptly deriving from the itheku word for lagoon - the city has been able to leverage its natural location on the coast to become a harbour port of business renown, a seafront hotspot up there with the best in the world, and a central business district comfortably able to leverage off the two former factors.

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Its subtropical climate inevitably adds to its pull from a tourism perspective, but as one of the largest metropolitan land areas in the country, and with a bustling port on-site, its business acumen is every bit as prominent; making it a genuine city for all seasons. The busiest container port in Africa, Durban’s appeal is all-encompassing and, upon arrival, a setting of rolling hills, stunning coastline and welcoming people ensures an enjoyable experience for all business travellers fortunate enough to visit the city. As durbanexperience.co.za elaborates, “Durban is a natural paradise known for its gorgeous coastline of sun-kissed beaches and subtropical climate, situated on the

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Don’t let the natural aesthetic and coastal environment fool you though; Durban is every bit an industrial success as Johannesburg and Cape Town, epitomised by its status as the second most important manufacturing hub in the country. Boasting a large and diversified economy across this domain, transportation, finance and Governmental sectors, Durban subsequently has the highest number of millionaires; a number which has especially risen since the turn of the century. As such, Durban is the main economic driver in its province of KwaZulu-Natal, contributing more than half of its output, employment and income. And once again addressing areas of modernity, this enhanced economic status has been plugged straight back into the community, developing large swathes of the region to make it - arguably - the most refined and contemporary city on the continent. Recent infrastructural improvements have included the complete revitalisation of the Durban Point Waterfront, a clean-up project of the business district and, of course, the construction of the Moses Mabidha Stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup; an event which has

eastern seaboard of Africa”. It continues: “The City is built around one of the busiest ports in Africa and our people are our pride. The city focuses on providing visitors with a unique set of experiences that go beyond the beach and into the realm of Durban’s diverse culture, urban lifestyle and scenic diversity. “Whether you here as a business delegate or a leisure traveller there is a warm African flavour that will capture your heart forever.”

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around the world, and has subsequently significance like so many national cores been lauded for its deep historical 1886. As such, the area has never day El Dorado upon its discovery in gold mining hub described as a modern fortune - derives from its origins as a three capital cities, its fame - and Despite not being one of South Africa’s renowned representative. country’ largest city and most globallyaccolades, as the nearly all of the Africa’s official titles but barely any of South ohannesburg claims

overhaul of older buildings into newer and what seems like a continuous Comprising numerous CBDs present and to the future. the city serves as a glimpse of the these pivotal eras - but on the whole, and museum array that still allude to elements of Joburg’s infrastructure positive at times - and there are this depiction has been less than Of course, in more recent history, generations. wider country’s maturity over the depicting the current status of the and visitors alike; its image perfectly become the modern option for locals

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extensive collection of freeways. branching out to the country’s most the Johannesburg Ring Road, and equally benefit to this day; initially via the rest of the country, and visitors network over the decades as a link to had to build an extensive highway As an inland city, Johannesburg has is the plain and simple open road. Topping all of those options though, smartcard payment system. temperature: 41.4°C Highest recorded Climate:

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W E L C O M E Forethought over Reflection The end of each year presents companies, executives, analysts and entrepreneurs the perfect opportunity Metorex is consolidating its position as a mid-tier mining Group in Southern Africa to look back at the 12 months that through a concerted balance between present day innovation, and future sustainability were; the successes, the failures, the lessons learnt and the challenges overcome. But in this month’s edition, we choose to look forward to 2017 instead, and we have teamed up with a host of experts and enterprises doing exactly the same. Leading the way is a Company who has always adopted a long-term perspective in the form of sub-Saharan African mining specialist, Metorex. Its evolution over the past 40-years has been one derived of forward-planning and innovative forecasting, and since its purchase at the hands of Jinchuan Group in 2013, its ability to keep ahead of the industry curve has been enhanced even further. One thing that Metorex does finalise though as we come to the end of 2016 is our focus on the 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba event; which has made-up a two month project for Africa Outlook in analysing the key topics to be discussed at the forum and the leading exponents attending the exhibition. Completing this foray alongside Metorex is mining hoist manufacturer, Winder Controls. This month’s front-of-book section continues along the theme of forethought - over reflection - as we look towards a more positive outlook for South Africa’s economy, West Africa’s new catalyst in the form of the Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline, and the potential significance of East Africa’s largest solar plant which has recently opened in Uganda. Elsewhere among our showcasing assortment, the food & drink segment is extensively catered for via Citydia Nigeria and Vital Health Foods; we take a ride with Southern African aviation specialists, Solenta Aviation; and Thos Begbie joins Winder Controls in the industrial engineering domain. And finally, we look into the work that the Water Industry of South Africa is carrying out in making the country’s utilities more sustainable; and the backing that member companies such as S.A.M.E. Group are giving the association. Enjoy the issue, happy holidays, and see you Matthew Staff Editorial Director, Outlook Publishing in 2017!

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UGANDA ENERGY ‘GETS FIT’ 00 Industry experts analyse Uganda’s foray into the solar sphere

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WINDER CONTROLS (PTY) LTD 00 The technology leader in shaft hoisting and threechamber energy recovery systems

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East Africa’s Largest Solar Plant Helps Uganda to ‘GET FiT’ Industry experts analyse Uganda’s foray into the solar sphere

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OIL & GAS Economic Development in the Pipeline Putting West Africa on a path towards stronger growth

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FINANCE Economic Confidence Builds

South Africa is set to rebound in 2017

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SHOWCASING LEADING COMPANIES Tell us your story and we’ll tell the world

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SOLENTA AVIATION Flexible Aviation Solutions Uncompromising aviation excellence in service, safety and quality

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the Soroti Solar Plant, and I hope this is only just the beginning for many more to come.” Reda El Chaar, Executive Chairman, Access Power declared, “We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work with our European and Ugandan partners Made up of 32,680 photovoltaic panels, the new 10 megawatt to bring to reality this flagship solar facility is the country’s first grid-connected solar plant and will power plant. Soroti raises the bar on what can be achieved through generate clean, low-carbon, sustainable electricity to 40,000 teamwork and we look forward to homes, schools and businesses in the area. more collaborative efforts to expand The project was developed under form of result-based premium payments the footprint of clean energy across the Global Energy Transfer Feed this mighty continent.” per kWh of delivered electricity. in Tariff ‘GET FiT’, a dedicated The project is financed by a mix of Linda Broekhuizen, CIO of FMO support scheme for renewable debt and equity with the senior debt Dutch development bank, underlines energy projects managed by the importance of the project: facility being provided by FMO, the Germany’s KfW Development “FMO is a proud supporter of this Netherlands Development Bank, and Bank in partnership with Uganda’s the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund project. Renewable energy projects Electricity Regulatory Agency (ERA) (EAIF). like these are fully in line with our and funded by the governments The H.E. Ambassador Kristian aim to positively affect peoples’ of Norway, Germany, the United lives by supporting development, Schmidt, European Union Head of Kingdom and the European Union. Delegation to Uganda said in his speech: creating jobs and providing clean and The GET FiT programme helps sustainable energy to Uganda.” “Uganda is a good place to invest in renewable energy sources become solar energy. The regulatory framework Located on a 33 acre plot of land in more affordable and therefore is conducive and Government rightly Soroti District, the power plant has more accessible in Eastern Africa. the potential to increase its net output recognises Uganda’s energy future The US$19 million Soroti Solar Plant must be renewable. It is great that capacity by a further 20MW of solar is in part funded by the European energy. At peak construction the plant this is now triggering private sector Union - Africa Infrastructure Trust interest in solar power generation. The had over 120 local workers involved, Fund through the GET FiT Solar Facility European Union is proud that our grant including engineers recruited and equivalent to 8.7 million Euros in the trained by Access Power and EREN RE. contribution ensures the realisation of

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Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi and Addis Ababa cope with the influx of inhabitants. “There is an opportunity for government as well as the private

sector to roll out services for digital access and use, exactly as they do with traditional basic services infrastructure,” says Dall’Omo. For us, digitalisation means using new technologies like data analytics, the cloud and the Internet of Things to merge the virtual and real worlds. This enables us to offer our customers substantial productivity increases across their entire value chain, from design and engineering to sales, production and service. In concrete terms, this means faster time-to-market, greater flexibility and enhanced availability of our products and systems for our customers. While the larger and more developed economies tend to be more digitally mature the analysis shows there are many indicators that can influence a country’s ability to capitalise on digitalisation. If done correctly it can drive entrepreneurial competition in market.

and remittances from Zimbabweans overseas, both of which fell this year. Mugabe, 92, has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980. But he is under pressure over an 80 percentplus unemployment rate and corruption and has personally nixed attempts to cut the bloated civil service. With banks running out of money, he has introduced an unpopular “bond note” currency that is meant to ease the liquidity crunch but which many

Zimbabweans fear will cause a return to hyperinflation. For next year, he forecasts moderate growth of 1.7 percent due to improved commodity exports, as well as a smaller deficit. “The fundamental challenge remains that of under-production, entirely across all sectors of the economy,” he said, adding that it was imperative that Harare, seen as a pariah in global financial circles, patched up ties with the outside world.

Digitalisation Set to Develop Africa Siemens has conducted an African Digitalisation Maturity Report to better determine a digitalisation benchmark across four countries namely South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia as well as key vertical industries including transport, manufacturing and energy. CEO Siemens Southern Africa Sabine Dall’Omo says the four countries were selected as some of the fastest growing economies in Africa, as well as having made great strides in ICT (Information and Communications Technology) adoption. “Africa’s rapid urbanisation represents an immense opportunity for the extension of ICT and improvement of digital maturity to help urban hubs such as

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Zimbabwe’s Yawning Deficit Keeps heat on Mugabe Zimbabwe’s economy has stagnated this year while its budget deficit has exploded, the Government said, adding to President Robert Mugabe’s problems as he faces unprecedented protests over cash shortages and falling living standards. In his annual budget address, Finance Minister, Patrick Chinamasa halved his 2016 economic growth estimate to 0.6 percent and said the budget deficit would widen to $1.18 billion; eight times his November 2015 forecast of $150 million. Chinamasa said the country was facing “a number of headwinds”, including a lack of investment flows

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Canon Celebrates Second Miraisha Sustainability Programme Anniversary Canon Europe, leader in imaging, celebrates a significant milestone for one of its core sustainability programmes, Miraisha, as it reaches its two-year anniversary. The programme, which is run closely with Canon Central & North Africa, has trained more than 2,500 participants since its inception in 2014, aims to promote job opportunities in Africa by offering workshops to photographers, videographers, film-makers and print business owners. Miraisha, which means future livelihood, ‘Mirai’ being future in Japanese and ‘Maisha’ being livelihood in Swahili, provides people with the skills to develop their careers in professional photography or print by utilising Canon’s core expertise in imaging and its network of professionals. Initiatives range from fashion and street photography classes to filmmaking workshops and print training for SMEs. Stuart Poore, Director of Sustainability at Canon Europe commented: “The Miraisha programme truly embodies our corporate philosophy of Kyosei: living and working together for the common good.”

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World Bank Units Add to Ghana Oil and Gas Project The World Bank Group will provide another $517 million to Ghana in debt and guarantees to support the $7.7 billion Sankofa oil & gas project developed by Italy’s ENI SpA and upstream trader Vitol Ghana. The financing adds to a $700 million World Bank guarantee package announced in July and brings the institution’s total O I L & G A S

Nigeria Flags Oil Output Rise Nigeria’s oil production has risen to close to 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd), oil minister, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said ahead of the expected signing of a deal over repayments of US $5.1 billion in debt from joint venture projects. Nigeria has struggled with debt to oil majors amid the fall in oil prices over the past two years. It has also been hit by output falls from peak production of 2.2 million bpd as a result of persistent militant attacks in the oil-producing Niger Delta. The Forcados crude stream, with roughly 300,000 bpd, has been under force majeure since February, and

financing to around $1.217 billion for the offshore project, whose gas component is set to open in 2018, a statement said. The Bank’s commercial lending arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has committed a loan of $235 million to Vitol Ghana and is arranging another $65 million in debt. “Sankofa is expected to generate $2.3 billion in revenues for Ghana’s government per year and provide a stable, long-term source of domestic gas that will solve Ghana’s chronic gas supply constraints,” an IFC statement said. in the third quarter production was roughly 1.63 million bpd, according to the country’s statistics office. The OPEC member nation’s fight to regain oil production enabled it to gain an exemption from a recent deal between the group and other oil producers to cut output to support prices.

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Shoprite in Talks to Create African Retail Giant

Old Mutual to Cut Stake in Asset Management Arm

Africa’s biggest grocery retailer Shoprite is in talks with Steinhoff about buying its African assets in an all-share deal that would create a group with $15 billion in annual sales, the pair said. The deal, whose value was not disclosed, would form a no-frills retailer spanning food, furniture and clothes and underline the determination of tycoon Christo Wiese to put more of his assets under one roof. Both Shoprite and Steinhoff, the

Financial services Group, Old Mutual Plc said it would sell 13 million shares in its OM Asset Management Plc arm through a public offering, as it prepares to split into its four main businesses. The proposed split was revealed in March as regulatory changes in Europe and South Africa have made Old Mutual, which started out in 1845 as a life insurance firm in Cape Town, more complex to run in its current form. “Old Mutual intends to continue the reduction of its holdings in OMAM in an orderly manner which balances value, cost, time and risk,” the Company said on Tuesday.

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Dangote Reach Natural Gas Supply Deal Nigeria and Tanzania’s Dangote Cement have settled on a deal which will supply its $500 million cement factory with natural gas. Tanzania and Nigeria’s Dangote Cement have reached a deal on the supply of natural gas to the firm’s

owner of UK’s Poundland and U.S. based mattress firm, count South African retail magnate Wiese as their biggest shareholder. “It will certainly change the retail environment in South Africa because these are two major groups getting together.” manufacturing plant in the East African country after negotiations stalled over prices, Tanzanian President, John Magufuli said. “Dangote Cement will now buy natural gas directly from the state-run TPDC instead of going through middlemen,” Magufuli told journalists after the meeting. The Company plans to roll out plants across Africa. In Tanzania, Dangote is seeking to double the country’s annual output of cement to six million tonnes.

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Novartis Launches SMS for Life 2.0 in Nigeria Novartis announced the launch of an innovative technology-based healthcare programme called SMS for Life 2.0 in Kaduna State, Nigeria. The programme aims to increase the availability of essential medicines and improve care for patients across the region by using simple, available, and affordable technology. SMS for Life 2.0 is a joint public-private partnership led by Novartis and supported by its partners, the Kaduna State Ministry of Health and Vodacom. “Novartis is proud to partner with the Kaduna State Ministry of Health to implement the first ever SMS for Life 2.0 program,” said Joseph Jimenez, CEO of Novartis. “Companies must join forces with the public sector to co-create innovative solutions to improve access to healthcare around the world.”

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Infrastructure Fund (EAIF). The inauguration ceremony was attended by Uganda’s Minister of State for Energy; Ambassadors from the EU, Germany and the Netherlands; key stakeholders from Access Power and EREN RE; TSK, the contractor who built the plant; FMO and Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) company, The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) as financiers; and other key officials. Located on a 33 acre plot of land in Soroti District, the power plant has the potential to increase its net output capacity by a further 20MW of solar energy. At peak construction the plant had over 120 local workers involved, including engineers recruited and trained by Access Power and EREN RE. Following the plant’s opening, a host of industry experts and associated personnel shared their feelings on the facility, its potential impact, and its sector context in an industry in need of a success story:

H.E. Ambassador Kristian Schmidt, European Union Head of Delegation to Uganda “Uganda is a good place to invest in solar energy. The regulatory framework is conducive and Government rightly recognises Uganda’s energy future must be renewable. It is great that this is now triggering private sector interest in solar power generation. The European Union is proud that our grant contribution ensures the realisation of the Soroti Solar Plant, and I hope this is only just the beginning for many more to come.”

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ERA Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Ziria Tibalwa “The Access Solar Uganda 10MW grid connected solar P.V project we are launching is so far the largest in the East African region. We are so proud of this outcome of our stable and favourable regulatory environment that has produced such a leading project in the East African Region. We congratulate Access Solar and the people of Uganda upon this milestone.”

“Soroti solar plant is an excellent textbook example of how collaboration among key local and international stakeholders can result in the successful execution and completion of such a groundbreaking project and in tangible progress in the spread of renewable energy across Africa. “We wish to express our gratitude and thanks to the organisations and individuals who made the construction of the largest solar power plant in East Africa possible. As a global renewable energy Independent Power Producer we take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the African power sector and we look forward to replicating this model in many other African countries in other districts in Uganda and across the region.”


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Jennie Barugh, Head DFID Uganda “As an outward-looking nation, the UK fully supports Uganda in its effort to become a middle-income country, with bilateral support of £110 million this year. Power is an important enabler of development. GET FiT has helped to demonstrate the success of private sector-led renewable energy projects; reducing costs to the government and increasing supply to help the people of Uganda to improve livelihoods and economic empowerment, especially for women and girls, so they can stand on their own two feet. “Uganda has led the way in this sector and we expect other African nations to learn from and build on the successes of GET FiT. The Soroti plant is also one of the eight renewable energy projects in Uganda to have benefited from the UK Aid supported Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), part of the multilateral Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG). The UK is committed to supporting and improving the lives of Ugandans – with the vast majority living without access to clean modern energy – helping Uganda leave aid dependency behind.”

Reda El Chaar, Executive Chairman, Access Power “We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work with our European and Ugandan partners to bring to reality this flagship solar power plant. Soroti raises the bar on what can be achieved through teamwork and we look forward to more collaborative efforts to expand the footprint of clean energy across this mighty continent.”

Linda Broekhuizen, CIO of FMO Dutch Development Bank FMO is a proud supporter of this project. Renewable energy projects like these are fully in line with our aim to positively affect peoples’ lives by supporting development, creating jobs and providing clean and sustainable energy to Uganda.”

Oscar Kang’oro, a Non-Executive Director of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) “EAIF is fully engaged in Uganda and, to date, has financed eight renewable energy projects in the country, including Soroti. I particularly want to congratulate Access and EREN on their vision and enterprise. Our funders at the UK Government’s DFID, at The Netherlands’ DGIS, Switzerland’s SECO and Sweden’s SIDA, see the great benefits that small and renewable generating capacity can bring, particularly in rural and semirural areas. “This can unlock economic potential, create new economic development opportunities, grow the productivity of public services and improve energy security. Most importantly, the arrival in a district of more dependable and more affordable electricity can transform and enhance the lives of many thousands of men, women and children.”

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A new partnership between Ithmar Capital, Morocco’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority will support a new Morocco-Nigeria trans-African gas pipeline in the region Writer: Matthew Staff

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West Africa. This will help address one of the region’s most significant barriers to development; the lack of affordable energy. In addition, the project will strengthen energy exports to Europe, linking Nigerian gas to the European energy market through Morocco. In West Africa, the Trans-African Pipeline is designed to support the creation of industrial hubs that attract foreign investment. The project will therefore facilitate the expansion of sectors ranging from industry to food processing to fertilisers and improve the competitiveness of exports, particularly amongst African countries. Currently, intra-continent

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A joint statement from King Mohammed VI of Morocco and President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria “As a major project meant to boost regional economic integration, the pipeline will be designed with the participation of all concerned parties with the aim of speeding up electrification projects in the whole region, serving as a basis to set up a competitive regional market for electricity, likely to be linked to the European market of energy, to develop integrated industrial hubs in the sub-region in sectors as industry, food-processing and fertilizers; in order to draw foreign capital, improve the competitiveness of exports and spur local transformation of natural resources available for national and international markets. “Important business opportunities will be generated by this project for manufacturers and investors. “By promoting economic integration, based on positive complementarities, sustainable synergies and inclusive approaches, this south-south platform will step up structural transformation of the region’s national economies, putting all the region on the path of a stronger growth.”

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trade accounts for only 17 percent of African countries’ international trade, much lower than in Asia or Europe, in part because trade costs between African countries are often comparatively higher. Designed with the participation of all concerned parties with the aim of speeding up electrification projects in the region, the project will also establish a competitive regional market for electricity, likely to be linked to the European market of energy. It will also spur local transformation of natural resources available for national and international markets.

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The project will be considered through new collaboration between Ithmar Capital, the Moroccan sovereign wealth fund, and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA). The two funds announced the signing of a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will see their countries cooperate on bilateral investment for the first time in recent history. “The pipeline will run an estimated 4,000 kilometres along the west coast of Africa,” Ithmar Capital noted. “The countries through which it runs and


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The countries through which the pipeline will run and the exact route will be determined as the project moves forward, based on further research

Together, the two agreements will create a formal structure to build relationships and create new opportunities between businesses in Morocco and Nigeria. They also represent a major commitment by two of Africa’s largest economies to collaborate on regional initiatives that will continue the continent’s development. The Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Geoffrey Onyema, stated: “This South-South open platform will accelerate the structural transformation of the national economies of the region, thereby putting the entire region on a the exact route will be determined as higher growth path. the project moves forward, based on “The two Heads of State agreed to further research. set up a Bilateral Coordination Body “Morocco and Nigeria are eager to to monitor this important project work with all countries in West Africa and commended such a strategic to ensure their economies and people cooperation in Africa.” benefit from the project.” The new collaboration between Under the SPA, Ithmar Capital Morocco and Nigeria is intended to set a and NSIA have committed to jointly model for South-South cooperation and pursue investment in strategic sectors act as a catalyst for African economic including food security, renewable opportunities. It aligns with His Majesty, energy and infrastructure. The SPA also King Mohammed VI’s regional strategy, commits the two institutions to share in which he has declared that Africa is knowledge and expertise relating to the top priority in Morocco’s foreign the extractives sector, to collaborate policy and that the Kingdom will on research and best practices, and contribute to economic, social services to provide policy guidance in order to and human development projects that strengthen both countries’ capacity to directly improve the lives of people in the region. manage natural resources. Similarly, the MOU provides for a This includes on projects related broader alliance framework between to the energy sector and, notably, the two entities: It ensures Nigeria’s sustainable and green projects.

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Signs of positive economic growth in South Africa are emerging as we look forward towards 2017 Writer: Phoebe Calver

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is looking more positive, with the country expected to incur much slower inflation rates due to the Central Bank having the room and ability to keep interest rates stable at seven percent for the duration. For South Africa, recovery will not be an immediate reaction to these events; it is predicted to begin its rebound in 2017 with the long-term picture showing the country going from strength to strength in 2018, with the primary driving force being the investments that have been missing up to this point.

Even with the emergence of these positive forecasts, the current situation still remains difficult, with limited scope for falling inflation due to the persistency of Southern Africa’s drought which continues to drive up food prices. The country’s recent struggles with investment numbers plummeting, persistent drought and political uncertainty has culminated in a severe lack of private investments for the country, with the past six consecutive quarters having recorded negative or zero growth. Since 2015, the Government has made continual attempts to demonstrate a commitment to curbing its spending, with a strict consolidation plan being implemented to limit the deficit and stabilise the public debt witnessed.

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Looking forward, it is clear that massive reforms to South Africa’s financial structure will need to be put in place; it could be suggested that favouring the development of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) could boost the productivity,

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employment and living standards within the country. However, growth will need to accelerate otherwise both unemployment and inequality will continue to remain at a particularly high level. Now with a rise in investment hopes, in order to improve the effectiveness of its spending and investment placement, the Government will need to consolidate its efforts as there is still room to increase the efficiency of its expenditure. The incredibly high levels of unemployment which are continuously rising call for bold measures to be taken in the form of structural reforms which should, in turn, boost the economy while also


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creating job opportunities. Alongside this, increasing network competition and lowering both the restrictions and licensing costs in service sectors could open up entrepreneurial opportunities which in turn could lead to higher employment. The development of entrepreneurship through vocational teaching, higher levels of training and better access to finance is a key factor in reducing the high structural unemployment in South Africa. In the future a push to higher levels of economic growth will lead to more fiscal space for the Government, again helping to reduce unemployment rates. However, this can only happen with a mass influx of investment being poured into the country. While it is suffering in the

‘In order for the market to recover positively, exchange rates to improve and inflation to lower, a new Government would need to ensure an investor friendly environment is created free of corruption’ unfortunate consequences of a low growth trap, many are looking to the lack of confidence in the Jacob Zuma Government as a huge contributor to the lack of investment in South Africa.

Improvements to infrastructure and a particular focus on electricity production will play a big part in reboosting confidence in the country, however this does largely rely on the dissipation of the political uncertainties which are currently taking place. Confidence is a defining factor in enabling economic growth, even if, in the near future, it is only modest, the improvements in confidence are due to pick up. Improvements to electricity capacity in South Africa should bolster the investments coming into the country. Combined with the recent positive trend being seen in commodity prices and development of the rand, export numbers should theoretically be raised. Growth and employment improvements in South Africa could be enhanced by the implementation of an allencompassing structural reform strategy; specifically involving its approach to achieving more competition in the product market, better and more inclusive labour market policies, industrial relations, and overall improvements to education and training. Although these reforms are complex and require a lot of effort to yield positive growth, no matter how long it takes, in the short-term confidence should improve and South Africa’s economy should strengthen.

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South Africa’s third largest area is steeped in history but prefers to keep its eye on the present and future Writer: Matthew Staff

Durban fficially recognised as one of the New 7 Wonder Cities in 2015, Durban’s modern contrast to much of South Africa’s traditional and historical beauty has made it a leading destination for tourists and business delegates alike. As part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality - a name aptly deriving from the itheku word for lagoon - the city has been able to leverage its natural location on the coast to become a harbour port of business renown, a seafront hotspot up there with the best in the world, and a central business district comfortably able to leverage off the two former factors.

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Its subtropical climate inevitably adds to its pull from a tourism perspective, but as one of the largest metropolitan land areas in the country, and with a bustling port on-site, its business acumen is every bit as prominent; making it a genuine city for all seasons. The busiest container port in Africa, Durban’s appeal is all-encompassing and, upon arrival, a setting of rolling hills, stunning coastline and welcoming people ensures an enjoyable experience for all business travellers fortunate enough to visit the city. As durbanexperience.co.za elaborates, “Durban is a natural paradise known for its gorgeous coastline of sun-kissed beaches and subtropical climate, situated on the

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eastern seaboard of Africa”. It continues: “The City is built around one of the busiest ports in Africa and our people are our pride. The city focuses on providing visitors with a unique set of experiences that go beyond the beach and into the realm of Durban’s diverse culture, urban lifestyle and scenic diversity. “Whether you here as a business delegate or a leisure traveller there is a warm African flavour that will capture your heart forever.”


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The Business End Don’t let the natural aesthetic and coastal environment fool you though; Durban is every bit an industrial success as Johannesburg and Cape Town, epitomised by its status as the second most important manufacturing hub in the country. Boasting a large and diversified economy across this domain, transportation, finance and Governmental sectors, Durban subsequently has the highest number of millionaires; a number which has especially risen since the turn of the century. As such, Durban is the main economic driver in its province of KwaZulu-Natal, contributing more than half of its output, employment and income. And once again addressing areas of modernity, this enhanced economic status has been plugged straight back into the community, developing large swathes of the region to make it - arguably - the most refined and contemporary city on the continent. Recent infrastructural improvements have included the complete revitalisation of the Durban Point Waterfront, a clean-up project of the business district and, of course, the construction of the Moses Mabidha Stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup; an event which has

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Out & About Dissecting the core of the city from a ‘doing’ and ‘seeing’ perspective is The Golden mile, initially developed in the 1970s to boost its tourist industry before being redeveloped in 2009 in time for the World Cup. As well as hosting the Moses Mabhida Stadium, the hub also hosts the newly resurfaced Ushaka Marine World, as well as some of Africa’s most popular beaches. Getting around The Golden Mile is all part of the experience too, with segways or bike hires available from the seafront and the perfect mode of transport to get around quickly and easily. The Markets of Warwick, the International Convention Centre and uMhlanga Beach serve as three more iconic landmarks to visit while in Durban, but once you explore the more intricate nuances of the city, you also unearth an element of indigenousness and history that are more synonymous with peer cities such as Pretoria and Johannesburg. As an ethnically diverse area combining Zulu, British and Indian influences, the cuisine, culture, religion and general hospitability that greets you is evident at every turn.

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Areas including Florida Road and Swapo Road present a wide variety of entertainment and dining options, while Suncoast and Sibaya provide a setting for any gamblers in search of a beautifully located and fully functioning casino. For any avid shoppers, the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, The Pavilion Shopping Centre and La Lucia Mall offer state-of-the-art precincts. And if there is any time to spare between meetings and relaxing, then a visit to any one of Durban’s sporting arenas is a must. The aforementioned Moses Mabhida Stadium stands head and shoulders above them all incorporating a skycar ride, adventure walk and world record bungee swing; but Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Greyville Racecourse and Kings Park Rugby Stadium form similarly poignant landmarks for sport lovers.


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As a leading domestic destination and equally significant international hub, it comes as no surprise that Durban’s transport network is up there with the best that the country - and indeed the continent - has to offer. Beginning on the shoreline, its history as the busiest port in South Africa makes it a very popular cruise destination today; bridging elements of business and leisure. Inevitably though, most business delegates will arrive not by boat, but by plane, and the King Shaka International Airport is equally equipped to welcome the deluge of

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arrivals each year from a growing number of overseas destinations. Its location in the Golden Triangle between Johannesburg and Cape Town makes it an equally fruitful entry point, and when moving around the city, the network is equally extensive. On the tracks, its status as the first operating steam railway location is adhered to in modern day terms by a host of both passenger and cargo rail lines; complemented by the Metrorail service for internal travel, and a proposed high-speed rail link between Durban and Johannesburg in the offing for the future.

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If the open roads are more your preference, then national highways pointing to the north, south and west of the city ensure easy access and departure; while shorter innercity journeys offer a couple of more quirky options. Metered and minibus taxis need to be called and ordered if you’re looking for a steady, trusted, quick mode of transport, but if you have a little more time on your hands, then the city’s iconic Zulu rickshaws are a must-try in calmly navigating the fascinating streets and promenades of Durban.


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“Durban’s six kilometre long sandy beach... is by far the greatest attraction of the city. Swimming is good all year round due to the warm, subtropical climate. And the beaches are well monitored and protected by shark nets. “The Golden Mile is also a huge pleasure resort with dozens of swimming and splash pools, fountains and waterslides, curio markets and merry-go-rounds, uShaka Marine World, exotic restaurants, nightclubs and many hotels und apartment complexes directly at the beach.” - southafrica-travel.net

The Victoria Embankment

“The Victoria Embankment, also known as Durban Waterfront and the Esplanade, is Durban’s answer to the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. It houses the historical Natal Maritime Museum, the BAT Centre, and offers fine dining and drinking at

nearby restaurants which each have handsome harbour views. “Keep an eye out when driving along Victoria Embankment for the ornate Vasco da Gama Clock, which was bequeathed to the Port of Natal in 1897 by the Portuguese government.” - travelground.com

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“Durban’s new icon, Moses Mabhida Stadium, offers a variety of experiences and attractions for fun-seeking families, couples looking for a bit of romance, or corporate teambuilding. Take a trip on the SkyCar or make the 550-step adventure walk to the top of the arch and enjoy panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and Durban. Or take a look inside the stadium with one of our all-access (90 minute) or general (45 minute) tours. For the adrenaline junkies, try plunging off the 106 metre arch on the Big Swing.” - durbanexperience.co.za

PHOTOGRAPHY: BY AKIDJOH - OWN WORK, CC BY-SA 3.0

“The uMhlanga Coast is a magnificent stretch of the South African shoreline. It shows off the splendour and wonder of this country in a tranquil display that remains extremely powerful. This is part of KwaZulu-Natal, and is very close to the city centre of Durban, which is the province’s main city and one of South Africa’s major metropolises. However, the Umhlanga Coast whisks you away from the bustle of city living and to the peaceful prettiness of the Indian Ocean as it lazily dances onto the sand.” - sa-venues.com

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across the African continent will be the focus of both the Ministerial Symposium and the Investment Discovery Forum at the 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba conference, which takes place from 6-9 February in Cape Town. “The response from African governments has been overwhelming,” says Harry Chapman, Director of Content for Mining Indaba. “To date we already have 20 confirmed ministers participating in the 2017 Ministerial Symposium, well over 300 percent more compared to this time last year; with our speaker line-up including the likes of Hon. Christopher Yaluma, Minister of Mines and Minerals Development, Zambia; Hon. Nii Osah Mills, Ghana’s Minister of Lands and Natural Resources; and Hon. Dan Kazungu , Mining Cabinet Secretary in Kenya.” Chapman adds: “Investec and RBC Capital Markets have also announced their support for the 2017 Investment

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Discovery Forum (IDF). With participation from these organisations, the IDF establishes the building blocks for future growth of the conference, growing investor and mining company participation and focusing on the core of Mining Indaba; investment into African mining.” He concludes: “As the market is recovering, companies are spending more on exploration and it’s a time when funds are more active in evaluations and investments. This upturn is also reflected in the growing line-up of investor and mining company speakers at Mining Indaba with a massive 61 percent year-onyear increase in investor registrations alone.”

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Centamin CEO, Andrew Pardey agrees. “Expenditure in exploration is likely to increase in 2017 as capital returns to the junior sector of the market. Also, having largely repaired their balance sheets and now generating free cash flow, some of the bigger producing companies

With more than 6,000 attendees and 31 investor speakers across the three-day event, Investing in African Mining Indaba is the world’s largest mining investment conference and the largest mining event in Africa. It remains the preferred deal-making platform for mining in Africa, bringing together mining corporates who seek investment, investors who want to strike deals in the mining sector, and government ministers who engage both groups to discuss new projects in their countries. For more information, visit www.miningindaba. com.

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The business in its current guise represents more than 40 years of evolution

complemented a philosophy and operational excellence that had long prior existed within the business. “The Metorex vision is to grow a competitive and sustainable Africanfocused base metal mining Company and build a business development platform and operation base of Jinchuan based in Southern Africa,” the Company states. “To grow a Company that offer opportunity for the development of our employees and communities, delivering to shareholders’ expectations and contributing to the development of our world.” This ethos emanates throughout the Company’s day-to-day missions also, incorporating considerations that apply to both its industrial works within the mines, and the wider impacts the business has on its people, the environment and the surrounding communities. The Company notes: “The Metorex mission is to operate and optimise existing mines and assets; through new mine development, exploration and technical improvements, to realise preservation and appreciation of assets; to produce copper and cobalt products in line with quality specifications; to realise Company growth in order to maximise shareholder interests; to ensure harmonious relationships between employees, communities, government and society; and to create zero harm.”


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Our lime products are sold extensively in mining, gold, glass, sugar, water, steel, agriculture and construction industries. Highly customer centric in our approach we pride ourselves in being preferred suppliers to the biggest multinational companies in the SADC region.

Introducing Neelkanth Magnesia Neelkanth Magnesia is produced from the finest quality of ore deposits in the East African region. Neelkanth Lime, fully understanding the hardships of its valued mining clients to source MgO from all across the world, has gone to great lengths to search for rich quality of magnesite ore and has developed this product closer home, thereby delivering high quality MgO at a much lower price.

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NEELKANTH LIME LTD Started in 2007 in Tanga Tanzania to cater to the increasing demand of lime products in Africa, It is now a name to reckon with in the entire South African region. Our lime products are sold extensively in mining, gold, glass, sugar, water, steel, and agriculture and construction industries.

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MM INTEGRATED STEEL LTD We are a leading manufacturer of roofing products, flat & long steel products and water storage tanks in Lusaka, Zambia, recognized throughout the region for their high quality. We combine superior technical competence and unrivalled technological efficiency to produce the quality steel products we are famous for. Find out more at www.mmisteelszambia.com

NEELKANTH SALT WORKS Neelkanth Salt works is the pride of Tanzania. In a market that has so far been characterized by loose, unbranded minimally iodized salt produced by traditional methods on one hand or imported edible salt as the other option Neelkanth refined salt, from Tanzania’s most trusted business house comes with the guarantee of quality, conforming to health standards as prescribed.

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NEELKANTH HOSPITALITY Neelkanth Real Estate’s flagship project and first foray into the hospitality industry is the Hotel Park Royale Residency. Located in the heart of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, the hotel is situated opposite the oldest and most famous shopping mall, Manda Hill. Find out more at www.neelkanthhospitality.com

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Always looking for diversified business directions line, Neelknath Group Zambia Limited has launched another product-line in the manufacturing segment, Neelknath Cables Limited. A state of the art cable manufacturing unit which has been commissioned in Ndola, Zambia. Find out more at www.neelkanthcable.com

INFOTECH BUSINESS SOLUTIONS InfoTech Business Solutions Limited, a part of the Neelkanth Group, offers a diverse range of hardware and software products and services. Our capabilities are built on the philosophy of ‘3RS’ (Right people, right processes and right technology); providing a strong foundation for a best-in-class Integrated Service Delivery Framework for our clients. Find out more at www.infotech-zambia.com

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Metorex continues to uphold prestigious standards

Jinchuan Group

Metorex’s parent Company, The Jinchuan Group is a Chinese stateowned resources Company based in the Gansu province of China which produces a host of metals including nickel, cobalt, copper, platinum, palladium, silver and selenium. As the second largest cobalt manufacturer in the world, the third largest copper manufacturer in China, and a leading platinum Group in Asia; “Jinchuan Group promotes the function of encouraging the economic prosperity of limited resources that are used for consumer production, through green development”, Metorex details on its website. “Being the 4th largest nickel manufacturing enterprise in the world, Jinchuan Group also holds

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other prestigious titles such as: “Industries and original energy resource development enables them to improve and streamline processes within the mining industry, thus making Jinchuan Group a leader within their field. Having won the esteemed Chinese Industrial award in April, 2013, this admired mining company Continues to uphold the prestigious standard they have set.” Ultimately, it is Jinchuan’s values which most tie into Metorex’s own approach though, with responsibility, humanism, innovation and ‘winwin’ value at the heart of both organisations’ outlook; and thus their overall structure since 2013.

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“We are also developing the Musonoi project, a cobalt copper project in Kolwezi, DRC, which has passed the definitive feasibility study stage, and is being prepared for final optimisation and front end engineering design. “Meanwhile, there is also the Ruashi III expansion project which will extend the mine-life of the Ruashi opencast mine in Lubumbashi, DRC.” “Good operational management” is the key differentiator underpinning the success that Metorex has enjoyed across each of its projects over the decades according to Fitzmaurice; and this is certainly epitomised in pure scale terms when looking at its trademark mining operations.

Chibuluma Mine production began in 1955

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Scanning the hierarchy and structure further down and you find the esteemed projects that have become so synonymous with Metorex’s capabilities over the years. Comprising the Ruashi Mine, Kinsenda Mine, Musonoi Project and Lubembe Exploration in the DRC - and the Chibuluma Mine and Chifupu Project in Zambia - Metorex is continuously proactive in acquiring lucrative assets while reviewing potential opportunities in the future, in sub-Saharan Africa. “We are a group of senior executives who routinely evaluate and assess opportunities to expand our business,” Group Projects Manager, Vic Fitzmaurice explains in regards to Metorex’s project identification strategy. “Key projects at present include the re-opening and recapitalisation of the Kinsenda Mine in the DRC, which will be in production in 2017.

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Key projects at present include the reopening and recapitalisation of the Kinsenda Mine in the DRC, which will be in production in 2017

• C H I B U L U M A M I N E S “This mining area is located south of Chibuluma in Zambia. Mine production in Chibuluma began in 1955 and currently has a current equivalent annual production capacity of approximately 19,000 tonnes of Copper in the form of concentrate,” the Company details. “The mine currently extracts ore from an underground operation feeding an efficient well run concentrator. “Chibuluma continues to be described as Zambia’s model mine.” • R U A S H I M I N I N G Metorex continues: “Ruashi is a copper and cobalt mine in Katanga province, located within the Democratic Republic of Congo. This mine is made up of three open pits, along with a modern solvent extraction electrowinning processing plant. Ruashi Mining started production way back in 1911. In 2005, this Company was registered as a DRC Company, being developed in two phases.” Phase 1 embraced the construction of the concentrator to a life-span of approximately four years, while Phase 2 catered for the mining of the Ruashi opencast ore body; including the construction of an expanded


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concentrator, the acid leaching section, and a solvent extraction plant for the production of copper and cobalt on-site. • M U S O N O I P R O J E C T “The Musonoi Project is also located in the DRC, on the outskirts of the mining town of Kolwezi,” Metorex explains. “The project area contains at least two known mineralised zones, one of which (known as Dilala East) was discovered as a blind, high grade copper and cobalt deposit in 2007. “Following the initial discovery of the high grade mineralised zone, the property has been extensively drilled and has a declared mineral resource of 31.7 million tons at a grade of 2.8 percent copper and 0.9 percent cobalt. The mineral resource has been defined to a depth of 600 metre below surface and indications are that the ore body is open to approximately 1,000 metres below surface.” The mines around Kolwezi have produced more than 400,000 tonnes of copper per annum in recent years, capitalising on local skills, favourable logistical conditions, and specialist consultants deriving from areas of environmental impacts and on-site technical skills.

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The Kinsenda Project currently ranks as one of the world’s highest grade copper deposits with declared mineral resources of 20.7 million tonnes at a grade of 5.6 percent copper

• K I N S E N D A P R O J E C T Metorex notes: “The Kinsenda Project currently ranks as one of the world’s highest grade copper deposits with declared mineral resources of 20.7 million tonnes at a grade of 5.6 percent copper. Kinsenda is situated within the Democratic Republic of Congo, near the border town of Kasumbalesa.” The mine has seen a rapid rise to prominence and productivity following the completion of the bankable feasibility study in 2012; immediately followed by development in 2013 and mining operations incepting in late 2015. Using cut and fill mining methods, the easy access to infrastructure in the area has made it one of Metorex’s key projects and a subsequent exploration of further volumes of inferred mineral resources to the east of the main area is set to add another eight years onto the mine’s overall lifecycle.


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• L U B E M B E A 2012 scoping study - compounded by a 2014 feasibility study - kick-started this mine’s development and the potential to mine mixed sulphide and oxide ores to a mineral resource of 93 million tonnes at a grade of 1.9 percent copper. Using open pit methods, the copper-based minerals will be recovered via flotation. “In the second step of processing, the concentrate will be subjected to ferric and acid leaching to produce an electrolytic solution from which copper cathodes will be produced by electrowinning methods.” The Company says.

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These renowned projects represent more than 40 years of development for Metorex, but it was 2011 where the modern-day Company began to take shape following the announcement of Jinchuan Group’s intention to acquire the business. And since this deal’s completion two years later, the Company has gone from strength to strength, not only in identifying the most lucrative possible mining projects, but in bringing unrivalled innovations, efficiencies and expertise to the fore. “Improving throughputs, removing operational bottlenecks, and cost reduction initiatives across our

Vic Fitzmaurice Group Projects Manager, Metorex Professional Engineer, and Master of Engineering, Vic Fitzmaurice joined Metorex in 2016. Prior to joining Metorex he worked at Gencor, De Beers, Great Western Minerals Group and other mining companies in various senior operational, managerial and project roles.

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operations and head office have been the basis of our continuous improvement strategy over the years, and this also includes areas of supply chain management where there continues to be a focus on central procurement and Sino-based engineering and suppliers to reduce costs,” Fitzmaurice explains. Arguably its most refined, honed and concerted focus revolves around its human capital mission though, with the acknowledgement of its people and localised expertise prominent throughout. The Company continues: “Human Capital bases its foundation on the Metorex strategy which defines the vision and values of the organisation which is enabled through the strategic anchors defined for the organisation. “Our focus is to align the entire human capital function with the greater Metorex strategy and add value to our business. “We are process champions who are aligned to the business, proactively involved, lead by example and act with integrity.”


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A commitment to effective leadership, employee development, mutual respect, human dignity, and motivational empowerment compounds its overall human capital ethos, and is also backed up by a sincere sense of accountability within Metorex. Ultimately, this culminates in a more streamlined longterm perspective which the Company pinpoints as one of its core values contributing to its present and future success. “We seek to grow our Company and our people, focusing on stability, sustainability and value,” it says. “We do everything to the best of our ability, acting in a professional way, leading by example and continuously improving ourselves and the Company. “Through effective communication and collaboration we will work together as one team to achieve our shared vision and goals.” The last - but by no means least - value revolves around ‘zero harm’, entailing concerns towards workers, the environment, the community and health & safety aspects; once again emphasising Metorex’s drive to not only be profitable and productive, but to do so in a way that will remain sustainable long into the future. “Cost curve management, productivity improvements, and initiatives to remain profitable remain imperative,” Fitzmaurice concludes. “And this contributes to our differentiator which is our long-term vision and our belief in the copper and cobalt market fundamentals, backed up by strong shareholder support. “Over the next few years, we now expect to see the successful operation of the Kinsenda mine, the start of construction of the Musonoi cobalt and copper project, the start of construction of the Ruashi III expansion project, and the unveiling of a significant new asset acquisition.”

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“In addition to its role as an OEM, Winder Controls functions as a systems integrator on major capex projects and since they are not limited to any one specific brand of product they are able to maintain a high degree of flexibility so as to always offer solutions tailored to their client’s needs,” Keegan affirms. “The systems integration role enables Winder Controls to utilise electrical and hydraulic hardware from a range of suppliers in order to align with the broad range of client’s requirements.”

THE SIEMAG GROUP The Siemag Group was founded in Germany in 1871 with the establishment of a Blacksmith’s shop, and over the years has expanded significantly. In addition to Winder Controls, Siemag now incorporates subsidiaries in North America, Australia, the UK, China and Poland. The Group’s core focus is the supply of winders and hoisting related equipment and, in addition, the Company offers specialised equipment for mine cooling and energy recovery, ship lifting and the underground disposal of nuclear waste.

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any variation of requirements, and providing custom-designed solutions. “This is to ensure optimal performance against our clients’ specifications, operational requirements and budget,” Keegan details. “Our key site services within this include installation and commissioning, site management; site safety compliance; installation procedures; cold and hot commissioning procedures; personnel training; after-sales service and maintenance; dynamic testing; shaft guide alignment testing; and regulatory audits, inspections and compliance testing.” Winder Controls’ scope typically includes full engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of all electrical, mechanical and hydraulic equipment; including switch gear, transformers, motors and drive systems, control and safety PLC’s, winder drums and drum shafts, clutches, bearings and brake systems etc. In addition to the provision of new equipment, Winder Controls also specialises in the refurbishment, relocation and upgrading of existing

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The products emanating from this turnkey approach cover all manner of necessities, incorporating facets from the Company’s origins, as well as more modern innovations, nuances and technological advancements in line with Winder Controls’ own in-house development programme as well as with general industry developments. Once again, the emphasis is on creating a flexible solutions-driven offering, capable of catering for

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machines and accordingly carries a variety of ‘stock winders’ so as to provide clients with fast response times and cost effective hoisting solutions.

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Additional specialist services offered by the Company include detailed engineering analysis of components for proposed new duties, logistical planning and spatial scanning for movement of large components underground, and rehabilitation of gear-sets using scanning techniques combined with unique expertise in order to salvage customised gear profiles from worn or damaged gearboxes.

Keegan continues: “Winder Controls also offer a wide range of motors and drive solutions from various major manufacturers, including TMEIC, Siemens, Rockwell and Schneider.”

KEY PRODUCTS Winders Brakes and brake control systems Mobile winches for rope installation and tensioning Rope handling equipment Rope attachments

Skip loading and unloading systems Automated rail car loading and unloading systems Shaft sinking lashing gear Shaft communication systems

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Drive products include MV VSD’s up to 11kV (ideal for new or retrofit), LV drives up to 690V, DC drives, soft starters and Ward-Leonard drives; while motors include a full range from 380V to 11kV with powers up to tens of MW and speeds from 34rpm to 3,000rpm and above. Driving this impressive array of products and services are the latest technologies and processes ensuring optimum performance and efficiencies beginning during the design, planning and project control stages. All mechanical design is carried out using a combination of purpose-developed in-house software, 3-D Autocad Inventor and Mathcad - while finite element analysis is carried out using Ansys. “Electrical design work is done using Eplan and Autocad,” Keegan adds. “Every design undergoes a thorough risk assessment which the client is encouraged to take part in. As required by ISO 9001, a strict document control and quality control system is followed. This is achieved with a Windows Sequel based workflow management system. “The company also runs an ERP system for financial management, procurement, project controls, control of deliveries and stock management.”

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TMEIC One repeat beneficiary of, and contributor to, the Winder Controls service offering is TMEIC (Toshiba MitsubishiElectric Industrial Systems Corporation), a Japanese expert with whom Winder Controls has developed a close relationship for the supply of high-end drives and motors. TMEIC’s TM10, TM70, MVE2 and TMDC drives have proven particularly relevant to the hoisting application, lending themselves to a series of successful projects between the two companies: including Bulyanhulu (Tanzania) service winder; Assmang personnel/material winder; Assmang production winder; Beatrix 1 shaft service winder; Prestea (Ghana) central shaft #2 man winder; Tautona 97 level rock winder; and Kloof 4 sub-vertical rock winder. “Winder Controls has made large strides in establishing a solid footprint in the South African mining industry, using TMEIC equipment which is proven to be of exceptional quality with unprecedented levels of reliability and availability,” Keegan says.

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MEIC is the leading application expert for high performance drive systems and services, combining strong global capabilities with a flexible customer-centric business approach. As an industrial systems integrator, TMEIC focuses on industrial markets, brings innovation to industry, takes positive and constructive approaches, and evolves continuously with our customers. Built on the proud history of Toshiba and Mitsubishi Electric, TMEIC continues to provide high performance, high horsepower rotating machinery, variable speed drives and advanced automation systems to customers around the world. Our accumulated know-how and expertise are applied to create a variety of systems, while cutting-edge technologies are used to implement innovation in production processes. TMEIC utilises a flexible “hands-on” business approach to become a collaborative solutions partner for our customers offering support across the board; from proposing solutions to post-sale services. Our proven track record* in providing innovative solutions for hoisting applications, whether riding through 70 percent voltage dips for 500ms or realizing 54 percent energy savings, provides our customers with the confidence that TMEIC is the best partner to meet their production needs.

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Using these tools in combination with its innovative approach, Winder Controls is constantly improving on established concepts while simultaneously carrying out development work on new products. This has allowed the Company to produce the largest Blair winders manufactured by any

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company to date (7.2m drum diameter, 12MW), a process which required significant innovative thinking and a departure from the traditional approach in the industry of relying on additional mass to cater for the extreme structural requirements imposed on the components.

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We are systems integration experts, and have a strong commitment to execution excellence which we use to assure customer success, every project, every time. It is our vision to be recognised as the global leader of industrial drive solutions and the partner of choice for supporting our clients’ quest for operational excellence. * Bulyanhulu service-winder; Assmang personnel/material & production winders; Beatrix service-winder; Prestea man-winder; Tautona-97 level rock-winder; and Kloof-4 sub-vertical rock-winder.


TMEIC’s Superior Drive Products Unrivalled levels of reliability Short MTTR ensuring high availability Proven technology suitable for all mining applications

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Keegan continues: “Winder Controls has invested significantly in upgrades to their Wadeville production facility and equipment so as to increase quality and efficiency of production activities. The Company is ISO listed and maintains an extensive QA management system which is regularly verified by the necessary internal and independent external audit processes. “Assembly and production facilities include a full electrical assembly and testing facility; heavy machining capability; a fully-equipped hydraulic assembly and testing facility; a vertical boring mill; and a horizontal boring mill.”

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Long-term success

Complementing the Company’s core functions is an equally stringent and dedicated focus on the wider community, driven largely by its role as a Level 8 BBBEE Company with Empowering Supplier Status which has culminated in numerous corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives being conducted over the years. Being part-owned by Shalamuka Capital - the BEE investment vehicle formed by the Shalamuka Foundation and RMB Corvest - has gone a long

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way to facilitate this aspect of the organisation. “The Company is proud to have maintained several CSR initiatives, both through Shalamuka as well as directly to various community projects and selected suppliers,” Keegan emphasises. “This includes Shalamuka’s involvement with Penreach as well as direct contributions by Winder Controls to

Freedom Park Secondary School and Luka Primary School in Rustenburg, and also to Badirile Secondary School in Carltonville; for projects including the construction of an under-roof feeding area for 1,600 children a day, the establishment of a secure Gr1 & 2 playground, and the supply of digital and hardcopy material for learners and educators.” Winder Controls has also involved

itself in micro enterprise development, whereby three privately owned micro enterprises were selected for a business development process and management education. Alluding strongly to notions of sustainability and longevity through this initiative, this reflects a general ethos apparent within Winder Controls, who looks set to ensure even more concerted market growth for the business in the years to come. “In the highly technical and demanding field of mine hoisting, Winder Controls believes that the key to its long-term success lies in the high quality of its engineering and the provision of top-class project outcomes to its clients,” Keegan concludes. “In order to achieve this, Winder Controls has invested in the growth of their technical personnel and systems and the Company is home to some of the country’s top electrical, mechanical and hydraulic skills.”

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ld Mutual is a name synonymous with financial security and insurance innovation across sub-Saharan Africa, and indeed the world, and is leveraging this influence to full effect in Zimbabwe via an ever-growing portfolio of market-leading services. Offering the full range of integrated financial services, while customising each product to meet the specific needs of every customer, its life assurance, asset management, unit trust, property development, short-term insurance and banking services arms ensure that no stone is left unturned for its comprehensive customer base. “Old Mutual has wide portfolio of clients that reflects the diversity of Zimbabwe’s financial needs,” elaborates the Company’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Jonas Mushosho. “The name Old Mutual has become synonymous with savings, investment, life and insurance products in Zimbabwe.” One of the Company’s key contributors to its own success is the willingness - as well as the capability to move not only in line with the times, but ahead of them; a factor epitomised by a series of recent investments in areas including technology, automation and facility upgrades. Mushosho details: “Old Mutual has refreshed its technology infrastructure and systems to cater for the growing needs of the business and increased product offering. This investment includes a multi-million dollar refresh of the core banking infrastructure, and a replacement of the asset management and Unit Trusts product administration systems. “Similarly, our Life Assurance division recently launched an automated premium collecting application, Digiata. One of the main benefits of this system will be a considerable increase in productivity

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and flexibility in premium collection.” As the adoption of advanced technologies escalates, so too does Old Mutual’s adherence to the digitisation; the business also now using online quick quote and personal insurance management tools to further enhance customer control and speed of service. Such a forward-thinking strategy is an indictment of the ethos that has made Old Mutual the Company it is today, as Mushosho emphasises: “Old Mutual is renowned for its strong heritage buttressed by a solid balance sheet, integrity, sound corporate governance and its contribution towards Zimbabwe’s socio-economic development. “We invest heavily in the training of our staff so that we are able to offer an unparalleled experience to our customers.”

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offering and scope of service, Old Mutual Zimbabwe has recently compounded its appeal through the introduction of a financial inclusion strategy, aimed at reaching out to marginalised communities and to the growing informal sector. Programmes such as the financial literacy initiative, On The Money have subsequently been unveiled and are already going a long way to addressing the needs of Zimbabweans previously unexposed to such services. “On The Money is a financial education initiative that is based on the unique characteristics of Africa’s Big Five animals (elephant, lion, rhinoceros, buffalo and leopard) as found in nature. The behaviours have been distilled to teach people how to best manage your personal and family finances,” Mushosho notes. “Old Mutual’s investment in financial education aims to equip Zimbabweans with the tools to realise their goals and dreams. It also empowers individuals, families

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Printing Operations Services provided include security and FPR appreciates the partnership with CABS, commercial printing. Security Printing includes the Commercial Banking Subsidiary of Old Mutual design and print modern secure banknotes, passports, documents banknotes, passports, recharge We cards, examination question papers amongst others. of value, mint coins and refine gold to international standards. Commercial printing includes packaging and SECURITY PRINTING COMMERCIAL PRINTING DESIGN & ORIGINATION REFINING & GOLD BUYING 1. SECURITY PRINTING 2. COMMERCIAL PRINTING promotional materials. Printing Operations: +263 4 486694 bzhomwa@fpr.co.zw Gold Operations: +263 4 447806 mdube@fpr.co.zw www.fpr.co.zw P. O. Box Ay 300 Amby, Harare

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Old Mutual Zimbabwe divisions Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (Pvt) Ltd (The Life Company) “The Group’s Life business is conducted principally by Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (OMLAC) Zimbabwe Limited,” Mushosho says. “OMLAC is the largest life assurer in Zimbabwe on a gross premium income basis.” Providing life, retirement, savings and funeral products to individuals and groups, OMLAC is also a key player in the secretarial, administration, group life assurance and actuarial services space; making it a fullyfledged one-stop shop.

Old Mutual Investment Group (Pvt) Ltd (The Asset Management Company) Old Mutual Investment Group Zimbabwe (Private) Limited (OMIGZIM) offers clients an array of investment options through five focused investment boutiques: Alternative Investments; Select Equity Investments; Core Equity Investments; Interest Bearing Investments; and Property Investments. Mushosho explains: “The boutiques cover a broad risk-return profile that suit a variety of client requirements. Using the products from each boutique, our clients are also able to build their own risk-return profile, to match their specific investment portfolio requirements. “Our investment boutiques are flexible, focused and independent business divisions whose objectives are strongly aligned to the objectives of our clients.” OMIG also offers short-term investment solutions through Unit Trusts which offer clients an easily accessible and convenient way to invest in shares, money, market instruments, and property investment opportunities.

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a banking subsidiary that is wholly owned by Old Mutual Zimbabwe, we offer a diverse range of financial products and services delivered through the largest branch network in the country. The expansive branch network is linked to the CABS online real-time computer system,” Mushosho describes. CABS boasts an award-winning mobile banking app that allows customers to transact from anywhere in the world, as well as its leading innovation - Textcash - which serves as a low-cost mobile banking solution aimed at making banking accessible and affordable to all Zimbabweans.

Old Mutual Insurance Company (Pvt) Ltd (The General Insurance Company) Old Mutual Insurance Company (OMICO) offers insurance solutions to public, commercial, industrial and corporate entities and is one of the most mature and largest short-term insurance operators in the country. Mushosho adds: “OMICO values include integrity, honesty and being ethical. The Company has excellent business relations with its brokers and agents who offer clients personal service, and maintains an independent credit rating by Global Credit Rating.”

Old Mutual Custodial Services (The Custodian) “Through Old Mutual Custodial Services (OMCUS) we offer a wide range of services to local institutions and individuals trading on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) and the Money Market,” Mushosho states. “OMCUS’ primary service offering constitutes safe custody and settlement of securities - bonds, equities and money market instruments.” Old Mutual Securities (The Stockbroking Company) Old Mutual Securities offers a wide range of services to investors including the buying and selling of shares, research and limited custodial services.


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To facilitate such widespread and comprehensive external development, Old Mutual’s internal evolution is every bit as considered, with much of its focus surrounding hiring the right personnel, training them the right way and instilling a sense of pride within its workforce to encourage optimum retention.

Subsequently building a culture of excellence throughout the Group, the drive to empower employees and to manifest their own professional development is compounded by a local emphasis in Zimbabwe to ensure longterm sustainability also. Mushosho says: “The Company continuously benchmarks its people practices of hiring, training and retention against international best practices through annual participation in the Top Employer survey and has recently been certified ‘Top Employer

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Africa’ for 2017. “Our local employment strategy is largely focused on growing our own timber. For this reason, we run various programmes which rely on local supply of skills such as graduate trainee programmes and participation in the TOPP programme. Our strategy is supported by comprehensive and robust talent management, development and retention practices.” This holistic and sustainable philosophy emanates further into society via its corporate social responsibility initia-

tives bridging areas of rural energy and digitisation, sponsorship of the arts and sport, and of course education. Mushosho continues: “Old Mutual’s interventions in society are in pursuit of our purpose, which is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create positive futures for them, their families and the community and world at large. “As the leading integrated financial services Group, three years from now, we would want to have extended our dominant position by growing our market share and exploiting pockets of growth which will ensure our business is future fit as the world drives to a more digitalised way of operating. “This involves servicing the financially excluded customer and a whole strategy and operation has been set up to drive this financial inclusion strategy.”

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ictoria Commercial Bank has defied the odds and thrived beyond expectations to ensure its ongoing development in a volatile Kenyan financial domain. Despite the hangover from 2015’s industry slowdown affecting Tier 2 and tier 3 operators, and this year’s legislative change and banking amendment bill; the institution has consolidated where necessary, capitalised on its strengths effectively, and ultimately ensured a year of relative progression. Managing Director, Yogesh Pattni explains: “Our goals for 2016 were generally realised but the change in legislation in banking, and the capping on interest rates naturally provided a bit of a dampener and slowdown as far as the extension of credit was concerned. “As a result, there was a bit of a slowdown in the last quarter of the year and it also reduced the profitability for the institution as it did for all the banks in the sector. However, the impact to Victoria Commercial Bank has not been as great as other institutions have faced.” This resilience has derived from its positioning in a very niche market segment, but even more so because of the select base of clients already established and loyal to the institution. In fact, the past 12 months have witnessed an increase in the institution’s client base, as well as on its balance sheet; a feat reflective of the confidence placed in Victoria Commercial bank among both customers and shareholders. “We’ve seen growth on all fronts and, had the new banking act not come into effect, the growth would have been even more than what we will publish at the end of the year,” Pattni emphasises.

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The negative 2016 bookends endured by the banking sector - with the Tier 2 and 3 slowdown at the beginning and the new bill at the end of the year - makes Victoria Commercial Bank’s relative rise all the more impressive, but nevertheless, there was an element of expectation management that needed to occur between the institution and its clients. Fortunately, the reputation that the Company has, and the subsequent loyalty that its clients show it, has laid the foundations for this successful consolidation. “It was important that we let them know that their funds were safe, and that we are different from the rest in that we are a value management institution,” Pattni says. “The message was that they may have concerns but we are still well managed and their money is still safe with us. They should not be overly concerned. And that has turned out to be true.

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“Even later on when further turbulent times came, many of our clients did not ask for any withdrawals or anything and were less concerned with the safety of their funds.” Affirming this industry standing further has been Victoria Commercial Bank’s most esteemed new partnership of 2016 in the form of MasterCard; a globally significant operator who has trusted the institution’s service enough to introduce one of its most prominent credit cards to the former’s remit. As the institution’s first credit card, the share capital and customer base has immediately grown in response to the unveiling and once again epitomises the confidence that existing shareholders and prospective partners place in the business. Pattni continues: “We are actually very well placed in terms of capital and various ratios we have to meet. In the current environment, this has been difficult to achieve, but nevertheless


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we’ve had very good support from all our shareholders and I believe that’s a very good sign of confidence moving forward. “Attracting a company like MasterCard is a great indictment of where we are. And the card they have given us is one of their top rated cards so that also speaks quite highly of how they view us and our client base.”

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Inevitably, customer retention and attraction has been positively impacted by associations with companies like MasterCard, but it also keeps the institution on its toes in regards to improving its internal structure and remaining innovative in a challenging environment. From a technological perspective, this includes keeping abreast of industry trends not just in Africa but worldwide, while from a personnel point of view, the willingness to educate, train and promote continues

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For the latter, both senior and junior members of staff work on Saturdays alongside orphaned children as mentors both in life skills and education; epitomising a general awareness that Victoria Commercial Bank has of the communities in which it operates and the impacts that this will have on Kenya’s economy. In the 12 months to come, much of this awareness will be centred on the country’s impending elections which inevitably bring about uncertainty, leaving the banking sector reliant on being flexible and quick to adapt to any potential fluctuations once

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again. Fortunately though, as Victoria Commercial Bank has proved this year, the institution is in a position to be able to cope with - and even flourish under such conditions. “Considering past experiences in election times, it may be prudent to try and maintain where we are now and to take a cautious approach, but we also believe that being in the position we are in at the moment, and the current environment in the banking sector, will allow us to capitalise on opportunities to get some more good clients on board,” Pattni concludes. “Our share capital and our ratios are very healthy at this point so we may well embark on any opportunities that do arise. “We’ve done very well this year considering the overall banking crisis that’s gone through Kenya - and particularly so in the Tier 2 and 3 groupings - and have managed to maintain our loan default level at zero for the 12th year running. “This is quite commendable and it shows Victoria Commercial Bank to be a very well managed institution, especially during this quite challenging time.”

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aircraft leases in Africa, these relatively humble - albeit still impressive beginnings have ignited a hugely accelerated rise to prominence ever since; growing organically in line with customer demand to now own more than 100 aircraft and to cater for a whole host of customers around the world. “Over the years we’ve seen the support of DHL expand beyond the


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OGP compliant and to go through those audit processes to be on their list of preferred vendors, and once you’re on that list, you then open yourself up to a broader base of oil & gas companies as a consequence. “It’s the same in the NGO space. Customers like the United Nations require strict audits so once you’re on their tender list, that then emanates around the globe and opens up a whole host of other opportunities. “Our strategy moving forward is to therefore continue expanding this customer base, and to also expand geographically as we do so.”

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LRU maintenance solutions to meet the operator’s specific operational, financial and maintenance requirements. Comprehensive programs have their time and place, covering all scheduled and unscheduled shop visits to correct defects or performance deterioration beyond serviceable limits, but in many scenarios that is not what the operator actually needs. Comprehensive programs factor in the the cost of all labour, materials, component repair, and engine tests that is necessary to return the engine to serviceable condition, but in most cases, money is left on the table. StandardAero works to mix an exhaustive list “à la carte” services, which could include for example: service bulletins, airworthiness directives, engine removal and installation assistance, availability of lease engine, engine LRU repair, engine LRU exchange, transportation to and from StandardAero facilities, replacement of life limited parts, emergency/unscheduled/AOG maintenance, engine Health Trend Monitoring assistance, trouble shooting support, training and program management to find the right solution for you. Engine maintenance costs continue to increase while the competitive environment for operators continues to grow more aggressive. Alignment with key partners in this value chain proves to be a key differentiator to success. StandardAero is positioned play that role for you and your organisation.

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“More and more customers are recognising our reliability because of our track record principally in Africa,” Adams explains. “Essentially, if we can do it there, then we can do it anywhere else in the developing and developed world. “Of course, this also requires improved logistical considerations though, and we often joke now that we’re essentially a logistics Company that happens to fly aeroplanes.” To facilitate such widespread external growth, a series of internal investments also take place on a yearly basis, inevitably beginning with fleet


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and administration,” Adams says. “Inevitably there is an attrition rate, but the contract flying space suits a lot of people and our strategy is to present Solenta Aviation as a quality business offering quality training; looking to retain our staff for as long as possible so they contribute to the continued growth of the business. “Being employed by and participating within a growing business is an exciting prospect for potential candidates.”

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service offering; showing that it’s not just about providing the aircraft, but also about the support we can give each customer. “We have an established track record, a diverse and quality base of both historical and existing customers and we have proved ourselves as a customer-focused business prepared to listen to the customer and to be flexible in the aviations solutions we can provide; both for existing customers, and all potential customers in the future.”

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Encouraged by the future, Citydia Nigeria is a major driving force in the expansion of the neighbourhood supermarket industry in Africa Writer: Phoebe Calver | Project Manager: Joshua Mann

irst Master Retailers and accelerating the transformation (FMR) is a Company from open markets to modernised borne out of in-depth markets.” insight into the market A core focus is placed on creating of modern trade; exactly the same feel in every store, addressing a grossly underserved from those in the well-to-do areas, Nigerian market consisting of only six to those in the less affluent areas; percent of consumption passing in every aspect from the look and through a modern trade environment. cleanliness to the customer service With such an abundance of and standards. opportunity available in the market Aganbi explains: “If you were to go for a Company to tap into, FMR which into any one of our stores and close holds the master franchise rights for your eyes, you would feel very much DIA and its Nigerian brand Citydia, inside of the DNA of a Citydia Nigera made the decision to search for a store.” global partner with the technical In establishing high standards once, credentials and expertise to support it is able to roll-out that benchmark its exciting enterprise; a partner which to be enforced in all Citydia stores, they found in Dia Global. including human relations, “Our Company technology and the local philosophy is quite feel of the store with its simple, we focus high quality and fairly on price and priced products. It proximity,” is the dedication explains to consistently Valentine Aganbi, replicating itself Managing in the market Director and combined with Chief Executive a progressive Officer at Citydia approach to Valentine Aganbi, Managing Nigeria. “We competition which Director and Chief Executive Officer at Citydia Nigeria believe this is pivotal sets the Company to unlocking the market apart in the industry.

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“The idea of competition is very exciting to me, in fact it is music to my ears; there is no amount of money that my shareholders could provide to invest in the market which would enable the transformation we desire, so we need more players not less,” adds Aganbi. “Down the road we will worry about market share, for now it is growing and we want to grow faster, competitors can come along for the exciting ride.”

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There are two main sections to the product range, Dia own brand produce and the other national brands which are already well established. “We have had varying levels of success when introducing Dia own brands into the market, which is to be expected with the need for adaptation time,” Aganbi continues. “We also provide the main brands, the Nestles and Unilever’s of the world; people that

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come to the store must be able to find what they know, therefore we make sure that we have that covered to touch base with every need in the market.” When comparing Citydia to its hypermarket competitors, this is a vital component which sets it apart. Inside of a 400 square metre space it is able to contain an excellent mixture which will tend to the neighbourhood needs. “The most important thing is that we continue to bring in innovations, including those from local vendors that can provide exciting products which are already well known in the open markets. Some of these products can often prompt a nostalgic response as customers experienced them growing up, now we can bring them back to the market in excellent modern packaging,” affirms Aganbi. Compounding its innovative processes, the Company encourages the development of young entrepreneurs to sell and grow within the safety net of

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Citydia’s support system. This enables them to upgrade standards in respect to the expectations of the global market, which remains invaluable. “We are very aware that it is critical to the competitiveness of our brand offerings and pricing that we have a solid value chain. Not only should it be import based but also established and expanding in the local Nigerian markets,” Aganbi states.

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The success Citydia Nigeria has experienced through its solid business model has re-affirmed investor’s belief in the Company, supplying even more money for the stores. “We’ve invested several millions of dollars in the venture and the board has approved more to continue,” Aganbi says. “With this we have

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been able to gain world-class furniture in the stores, world-class equipment and refrigeration equipment, and top technology for our headquarters where we have the latest servers and systems to ensure that we are really building a successful network for the future.” Not only does the Company focus on providing a high-class physical space and selection of produce, it also places a high precedent on its delivery between the warehouse, cold truck and store. Multi-temperature trucks are crucial for the supply chain, maintaining a standing level of freeze which is second to none in the industry. “Shoppers tell me the reason they come back is the quality of the frozen products,” Aganbi adds. For example, ice cream, you can taste that it hasn’t


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melted in transit and then refrozen,” he adds. “We don’t compromise if we see that there has been a break in the value chain. Anything that has been compromised we will pull out until we are confident there is no breach in quality. It is important to enforce standards to shoppers, vendors and investors so they know what we value as a Company.” There is a consistency in the approach of Citydia, and high standards are found throughout every aspect of the business; proving its long-term dedication to transforming the market.

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numerous areas where the majority of people will never have seen a supermarket. Socially responsible and profit “People have thanked and prayed minded for us, they thought that in launching Citydia prides itself on upholding the store it was a true recognition every responsibility that comes with of their humanity and dignity. We the title of a neighbourhood store, aren’t doing these things because of embarking on several initiatives where corporate social responsibility, it’s vital it provides food and monetary support to remember that you can be socially to orphanages; also providing support responsible while remaining profit to vendors to better themselves. minded,” Aganbi interjects. “These It is important that the residents people may not earn great sums of in the neighbourhood understand money as individuals, but as a group exactly what retail is about as there are and force they do have the spending

power to make Citydia a success.” With the customers remaining at the forefront of the Company focus, it has been important to stop them having to make the trek out of their neighbourhood, making Citydia’s local emphasis all the more significant. Essentially, the Company holds the values which state that no town is more important than another and it will continue to roll out these stores to the neighbourhoods. “I believe that over time we will be able to measure the impact of the Company in preventing illness and reducing absentees in students and parents,” Aganbi states.“We think of our business not just in profit, but to be socially responsible in everything that we do, make a profit while doing good, and remembering that if the profit requires you doing anything but good then it’s not worth it.” In the difficult times that Nigeria has faced, many professionals and businesses could be discouraged from entering the market, however, it is important to remember that the fundamentals are there. People will always need bread, clothing and water, pasta and rice and therefore the primary business drivers are re-building confidence. “I would say the best is yet to come. We are still encouraged by the future and pressing ahead with our exciting plans; there may be challenges in the short-term but I am standing firm with our ambitions and we are going for it,” concludes Aganbi.

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YOU Vital Health Foods has been providing South Africans with access to natural and affordable health solutions since 1947 Writer: Phoebe Calver | Project Manager: Joshua Mann

ince its doors opened in 1947, Vital Health Foods has instilled a desire within the Company culture to give all South Africans the ability to obtain natural and affordable solutions for good all-round health. Seven decades since its inception, Vital is now the leading supplements manufacturer in Africa having acquired the Wassen/Efamol UKbased Company; it currently owns and manufactures Vital Supplements and health foods, Wassen supplements, Efamol essential fatty acids, Zehra Age Beautifully hydrolysed collagen and Burgess & Finch aromatherapy. 2015 brought about significant change for the Company as it progressed from its original state as a 100 percent familyowned business, to having Leaf Capital as investors with a significant share in Vital Health Foods.

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The health food industry is proving to be a highly attractive prospect to investors, mainly due to the growth potential in the health industry; with consumer trends indicating that health is a lifestyle priority. All produce is manufactured according to international pharmaceutical and food quality standards, and over the years Vital has gained quality qualifications befitting a Company of its standing in the industry. “Our pharmaceutical quality certifications include the Medicines Control Council (MCC), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), which was received in 1986 for the first time, the Therapeutic Goods

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Administration (TGA) of Australia’s GMP Clearance Certificate and the British Retail Consortium (BRC),” explains Kay Nash, Group CEO at Vital Health Foods. “Together these all ensure that the facility and the products produced meet stringent international pharmaceutical quality criteria.” Vital Health Foods began very humbly considering the heights it has now reached, as the first health foods company in Africa with a vision of helping to both inspire and empower better health for everyday families. “Even after 70 years, health is at the core of everything that we do and our efforts remain on giving customers solutions which will help them make healthier choices each and every day,” clarifies Nash. “Vital Health Foods has remained steadfast in the South African market over the decades and have invested in achieving consumer trust that supports our proud heritage and provenance.”


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ioriginal Europe/Asia, B.V. located in Den Bommel, the Netherlands is a manufacturer of marine and plant omega oils and plant protein powders. Through the control of our supply chain, an in-house blending facility and providing the best possible customer service, Bioriginal is in a unique and flexible position to offer innovative omega concepts and solutions to our customers. Bioriginal will be exhibiting at Vitafoods, the global nutraceutical event, held between the 9-11 May, 2017 in Geneva. At stand G20, we will share our knowledge and exhibit new products & concepts for upcoming market trends. Visit our website for regular updates at

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’Ageing beautifully’ is just one of the consumer demands adhered to by Vital

Having now established itself as a household brand, Vital compounded its efforts on earning and retaining consumers trust by delivering quality, regular production of new offerings, daily health advice and category through leadership. Now more than ever, consumers have become more health conscious in their everyday lives and embrace the importance of their health in every small action; they will see Vital as an important health partner for their health journey.

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The main focus for Vital during the 1990s was growing market share, which brought about the launch of the first Vital Multivitamin range, which was consequently supported by the brand’s first television campaign. Progressing from here, the early 2000s introduced condition-specific products which specifically addressed the needs of everyday families. Vital has taken a leading role over

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the years in growing the category of nutritional supplements by working with and actively participating in stakeholder activities and professional organisations in the industry, such as SMASA (The Self Medication Manufacturing Association of South Africa), IPM (The Institute for People Management), PSSA (the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa) and SAAPI (The South African Association of Pharmacists in Industry). Employees are also fully involved in the Company development and brand, participating in regular workshops in health and wellness, while also having access to an onsite health professional. “We encourage our team members to live a thoroughly healthy daily lifestyle by using the indoor gym facilities, taking part in group exercise classes and consulting in-house dieticians about what they should eat and how they should exercise,” says John Knox, Group Commercial Director, Vital Health Foods.


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The Company has reaped the rewards for its approach to all-round health, having won the Sunday Times Discovery Healthy Company Index Survey Award for the Healthiest Company in 2011 and 2012. Similarly to its work with the Company’s employees, Vital has always had a similar focus on uplifting the community and with that, the Vital Foundation was established in 2013.

Positive impact on health

First and foremost, Vital Health Foods is a consumer-focused Company that actively seeks out solutions to help enrich and enable consumers to live healthier everyday lives. “We believe that everyone can become healthier if they focus on small, incremental improvements every day,” comments Knox. “We apply this principle by launching products which address the needs of consumers, employing dieticians at the Vital Customer Care line to assist consumers with health enquiries, most recently offering a digital platform which encourages consumers along their health journey on a daily basis. In terms of staff, the same philosophy is applied, offering them on-site wellness programmes and a clinic.” In order to make a positive impact on the health of each customer, Vital has focused on providing the very best quality products. It is evident that it has been very successful in doing this from the global quality certifications awarded and continuous investment that the Company makes into the factory, assisted by the trust that

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ensure that our Company keeps abreast with the very latest research and trends as far as supplementation and health is concerned,” affirms Knox. “We also speak directly to hundreds of consumers every month through our call centre.” With its constant approach to remain innovative in the industry, Vital expanded into the effervescent market in 2014 through a licensing agreement in order to expand its reach to consumers who were interested in supplementing their diets in a refreshing way. While expanding its reach in supplements, the Company has also expanded into the snacking market, with its range of mini rice cakes and mini corn cakes as a means of reaching consumers on the go that are looking for healthier snack alternatives. “We remain ambitious in our mission to enable people to be healthier in their everyday life, the coming years will bring about some exciting changes to our Company and we can’t wait to see them come into fruition,” concludes Knox.

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consumers have continued to place in the brand for almost 70 years. Knox continues: “Throughout our history, Vital Health Foods has always been seen as a key opinion leader and innovator, having always been ahead of its time by focusing on customers. We led the healthy snacking market before healthy food was a mainstream trend and have continued to work hard to health recognised as something relevant to everyone.”

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to demonstrate leadership on a national scale. Vital’s experts are regularly approached by the media for its opinion as health leaders; while also training pharmacists across retail outlets and advising retailers on health trends and research. “Consumer needs change and evolve over time, which we are very aware of and therefore

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With Us NWK Agri-Services Zambia is discovering opportunities for the development and growth of small scale farmers Writer: Phoebe Calver | Project Manager: Kane Weller

he business was established in the Mumbwa district as Mumbwa Cotton Ginnery Limited. Later it developed to a privately owned Company by the name of Dunavant. The business was sold on to Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC), a Company best known as an international grain merchant. Today LDC still owns 40 percent of the shares, with the remaining 60 percent sold to the South African-based agricultural Company, NWK Limited. The Company has maintained an impressive status as long-term market leader in the cotton industry in Zambia. Now NWK Agri-Services proudly manages the largest cotton out-grower scheme in Zambia, with a farmer base of 120,000 to its name. NWK Agri-Services’ focus remains firmly with small scale farmers; each year the business strives to gain more cotton farmers to grow as part of

NWK Agri-Services. Expanding into commercial farming is an aspect the Company is looking into, however, this will be focused on input supply and grain handling due to the lack of commercial farmers involved in cotton production. Traditionally known as a cotton-only Company, NWK Agri-Services ran an out-growers scheme in Zambia where the small-scale farmers are producing the cotton and delivering it back to NWK Agri-Services. Since NWK South Africa’s involvement with the business five years ago, it has made a unique effort to diversify in the Company by involving itself in grain handling as well as input supply to farmers. As a persistent innovator in the sector, NWK Agri-Services has had to face some adversity in the past few years. The Company began an ambitious initiative which focused on efforts to mechanise small scale farmers, something which has now been put on hold.

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Striving for production of 100,000 tonnes of seed cotton

“The timing couldn’t have been worse for us. We’ve had two of the worst drought years in recent history due to the El Nino phenomenon, which really hammered the yields of the newly mechanised farmers and hampered our progression in the project. Even though it’s a concept that we firmly believe in and know has a lot of potential in the future, we have had to put the brakes on it for now,” explains Pierre Lombard, Chief Executive Officer at NWK Agri-Services Zambia. Not only has the Company had to battle with the elements, it has also had the ongoing battle of succeeding while dealing with the cost of finance in Zambia as well as fluctuating currencies. “No farmer can be truly successful in an environment where they have to pay 30 percent interest. It is an aspect we need to resolve before we will consider resuming with the project.” Lombard adds.

Crop Productivity The solutions provided are inoculants and soil conditioners that unlock bound soil nutrients and improve soil moisture retention.

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Cotton is and will remain the mainstay of NWK Agri-Services’ business for the foreseeable future, but it is clear this is dependent on what happens across international markets. For the Company, the goal of reaching a consistent production of around 100,000 tonnes of seed cotton is at the forefront of its plans. “As far as cotton is concerned the

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As far as cotton is concerned the drive has always been to improve the yield, and to that end we have an extensive yield improvement programme which we use to train our farmers

The solutions are targeted at benefiting both smallholder farmers and large scale farmers in the form of products backed by technical extension advice both through the electronic media (via WhatsApp groups and e-mail platforms) and through field visits with the goal of transferring the above technologies to empower the farmers. NWK plays a key role by availing Agrifocus Limited’s products and technical support through its well established network. Women and youths who form the most vulnerable group in the Zambian rural society are key targets of the technology transfer program or extension service delivery. AgriFocus Limited pays particular attention to a range of health and safety issues including storage and transport considerations, personal and environmental protection, and safety in use, re-entry after use, waste disposal and emergencies relating to spillages, poisoning and fire. AgriFocus Limited has taken the deliberate approach to avoid dealing in highly toxic pesticides on its product portfolio.

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drive has always been to improve the yield, and to that end we have an extensive yield improvement programme which we use to train our farmers,” expands Lombard. Despite the efforts the Company goes to in order to achieve the highest standards in cotton production, progress is limited due to stresses on the cotton industry. Given the relative low international cotton lint price, there is very little investment in cotton production; in order for NWK Agri-Services to remain competitive, it is continuously looking for ways to reduce cost while focusing on ways to increase seed cotton volumes.

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NWK Agri-Services Zambia is one of a few businesses in the Country to involve itself in a broader base of activities, as Lombard goes on to clarify: “Most of the cotton companies are cotton only companies; therefore the fact that we’re involved in other aspects is really diversifying our brand

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s a part of the wider SARO Group, which commenced operations in 1987, SARO Agro Industrial Ltd (SARO) was founded in 2007. As a multi-faceted supplier and manufacturer of machinery, the Company also offers an extensive range of products and associated implements for farmers throughout the region. Our ranges include tractors, trailers and agricultural equipment, machinery for a wide variety of industries, pumps and irrigation equipment, generators and electric motors and solar power solutions. Our world-class after-sales and parts back-up services mean you can count on maximising the productivity of your equipment. Whether it’s a routine repair or a major breakdown we are there for you. We also conduct periodic servicing to ensure you get the best uptime at the lowest cost. With complete maintenance packages available at its various workshops and outlets in Lusaka, Mkushi or Kitwe, SARO are well placed to offer its products and services to a wide range of sectors of the Zambian workforce as well as exporting our products to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Malawi. With investment and development into our human resources, we aim to better serve our customers and deal swiftly and promptly with both our customers and employees. The Company also invests into the infrastructure of the Zambian agricultural industry to support economic growth and improve the lives of the Zambian people! T 241477 / 845675 / 0965000051 E saro@saroagri.co.zm

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and differentiating us from the other companies within the industry. In essence, cotton is a very seasonal activity, so we have tried to increase activity throughout the year.” In its retail department, NWK AGRI-SERVICES is looking to diversify its product range. Looking closely at suppliers who are willing to support the Company in their search for the ideal product range; something that a large number of suppliers are prepared to do. In order to facilitate these changes, the Company has had to hone its supply chain management strategy. For some products it uses a central warehouse approach, supported by an efficient distribution function. Bulky products like fertiliser and animal feeds are delivered by suppliers directly to the various retail outlets. Lombard adds: “We had to

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strike the balance over the past three years of trying to cut costs whilst being as effective as possible. Therefore, we have found other avenues to grow the profitability of the Company. We did invest a fair amount of money in grain handling equipment, building grain handling sites and started working with silo bags for grain handling specifically.”

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The African market has room for exponential growth and is often spoken about as the ‘next big thing’ in terms of potential. However, in order for this potential to materialise with a positive effect for companies such as NWK Agri-Services, Zambia will need to reach a point where its agricultural policies are more stable; unfortunately interference from the Government in aspects such as closing boarders and interference in the agricultural commodity markets are hindering private sector involvement and progress. Lombard continues: “We hope that the whole system will evolve to a point where the Government is less involved in the agriculture markets, while focusing their attention on the development of the sector through infrastructure development and extension services. This would be the ideal way to open up opportunities for private agricultural companies to get more involved in the process of unlocking the vast agricultural potential of the country.” Capitalising on opportunities are vital for a Company such as NWK Agri-Services to thrive. For example there are opportunities in retail to expand its operations. “If the correct strategy is implemented we believe that the Company can at least double the number of retail stores we run in the next two-three years. In order to achieve the desired expansion we are


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trying to utilise our already extensive footprint; having started from zero we already have 12 retail outlets spread throughout the country,” Lombard says. NWK Agri-Services prides itself on its aggressive growth strategy which brought the Company much success in its grain handling and storage division. Having started from zero within the grain industry five years ago, NWK Agri-Services has built a strong business, handling and storing in excess of 100,00 tonnes of grain, including maize, soya and sunflower per annum. “The type of growth which we hope to achieve would be to double up on our grain handling and storage ability. Obviously this is all dependent on the policy framework referred to previously.” Lombard concludes. “The grain market is moving towards bulk handling and therefore we will adjust accordingly. Currently, virtually all of the production by small scale farmers is handled in bags. However, end users are increasingly looking at bulk handling as a way to reduce costs.”

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Success 32Gi is delivering success to athletes with its innovative product range in the endurance supplement industry Writer: Phoebe Calver | Project Manager: Joshua Mann

016 has been full to the brim with progress for 32Gi, including the introduction of innovative products, high profile athlete endorsement and event sponsors which will continue to grow in 2017. Combined with the exponential growth the business has reached over the past three years of 30 percent yearon-year, it is an exciting time for the Company. With a continued focus on achieving an innovative product range, 2017 will see a big push for an offering internationally and the extension of existing ranges. As a leading endurance supplement provider in South Africa, 32Gi has centred its focus on providing customers with high quality balanced and sustainable energy supplements; empowering them with the knowledge needed for healthier nutritional options. “We understand that not all athletes are created equal, what works for one athlete does not necessarily work

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a blend of unique carbohydrates to ensure stability for its customers whether they are performing at low or high intensity

for another and each has different requirements,” says the Company on its website. “An athlete’s nutrition intake will depend entirely on the kind of session he or she is doing and these are not always performance based.”

With the success it has experienced over the years, 32Gi has differentiated itself from others in the sports nutrition industry with its keen focus on health. “Science has shown that during high intensity exercise, glycogen (natural carbohydrate) stores are mainly utilised to provide energy to the muscles. However, we think about what a controlled pace and intensity where fat can be utilised as a primary energy source,” the Company adds. It places a high precedence on the athlete, harnessing the powerful natural energy stores that are already there, which will then depend on the way he or she fuels themselves before and during an exercise session. “When an athlete is performing at a controlled pace they have the ability to utilise their fat stores for energy and this can only be done properly by consuming the appropriate types and amounts

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of carbohydrates and nutrients to support this,” the Company explains. “Science has demonstrated that a fat efficient athlete will use a larger amount of fat for energy over a range of intensities assisting in more glycogen which is a benefit in endurance sport.” 32Gi utilises a blend of unique carbohydrates to ensure stability for its customers whether they are performing at low or high intensity; the product range designed centrally around the athlete’s unique needs while guiding them with support and knowledge to their best fuelling strategy.

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Great care is taken to ensure that all the 32Gi products are clean, simple and contain no unnecessary additives

Health of the customer is always a primary focus at 32Gi, with its products designed specifically with the consumer’s wellbeing in mind. “Great care is taken to ensure that all the 32Gi products are clean, simple and contain no unnecessary additives. The products contain no non-nutritive sweeteners, artificial flavours or colours,” says the Company. “We have formulated all products in line with the EFSA (European Food Standards Authority) requirements to ensure that the brand is of the highest standards.”

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Over the years the Company has built up a reputation as a brand that customers can trust and rely on to put their needs first, having always advocated health and the safety of the consumer before performance.

Key industry partnerships

Industry partnerships are a pivotal part to the success of companies such as 32Gi, one particularly successful relationship is between Challenge Family and 32Gi; the partnership will see the Company as the Official


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The Company has formed great relationships and trust within the multisport communities

wings across the European continent,” explains Mark Wolff, Co-Founder and Director at 32Gi. “We are proud to be working with such a credible organisation such as Challenge Family where our values are aligned to family, health, fitness and performance.” Additionally to Challenge Roth, the Company has also involved itself in partnerships with Challenge Heibronn (GER), Challenge Denmark (DEN), Challenge Paguera-Mallorca (ESP) and Challenge Walchesee-Kaiserwinkl (AUT), which has run from 2015 and will continue into 2017. The Challenge Group has been thrilled to welcome the Company into its family of partners, having worked closely together in the development process in order to create a premium nutrition partnership that provides athletes with the best possible nutrition for all of their training and racing needs. Alongside this the Company is able to deliver innovative support as a progressive partner to the various event owners.

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o stranger to adversity own. The remaining 30 percent and in the 129 years since the South African equity is owned by Company was Eugene Rossouw, Edwin Dreyer and the established by Thomas Thos Begbie Share Trust. Begbie in Johannesburg, On the whole, the Company has Thos Begbie & Co remains a constant stayed true to its core as a foundry and in the African manufacturing industry. engineering business, however, in the With an illustrious history in the 1960s it moved into a niche market industry, numerous changes have been with the development of South African made since its beginnings as a foundry Steel Plants and the beneficiation of and engineering business. Prior to the minerals using large smelters. outbreak of the Boer War in 1899 it “Today we are recognised as was a notable supplier of equipment a global leader in the supply of to the mining industry, during, it was water-cooled cast and fabricated taken over by the Transvaal Republic components to the pyro-metallurgical Government and used to produce industry worldwide, and exports from weapons for the Boer military. the plant in Middelburg make up a “An explosion in the plant in 1901 significant portion of the business,” brought an end to the weapon continues Groenwald. manufacturing operations; it was suspected that saboteurs were Significant investments responsible for the explosion,” “The Company has an integrated plant explains Joubert Groenewald, that is focused on the manufacture of Managing Director of Thos Begbie the component from drawings all the & Co. “The business was forced to way through to the final shipment of relocate to Middelburg at the end the completed products, while also of the war, and though it initially providing specialist fabrication and struggled as its main market had machining services to the local changed, the development of industries.” mining in the region soon Becoming a recognised provided opportunities.” producer of waterThe Company cooled components, remained in the with a particular focus family until 1926 on the components when it was sold to manufactured out the Anglo American of high conductivity Corporation Limited, copper, has driven which proceeded to sell the need for stringent it on to one of its first quality control, employees, Idris Rosser inspection and testing “Today we are 20 years later. protocols within the recognised as a global business. In the years that followed Thos Begbie In order to maintain leader in the supply experienced exponential the high standards, of water-cooled levels of restructuring significant investments cast and fabricated have therefore taken until its ownership changed in 2008; a UK components to the place within the private equity group foundry, with particular pyro-metallurgical formed Thos Begbie focus on moulding industry Limited acquired 70 sand continuous percent of the equity mixers, a new high worldwide...” which it continues to speed induction copper

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www.dekrasa.com Significant investments in upgraded machinery are made each year

melting furnace, a sand reclamation and recovery plant, and a sophisticated computerised cast metal simulation computer system. “Significant investments in highly skilled personnel have also been made, and to this end a management change has also been brought about by the owners with the appointment of a young team of Directors which will lead the Company,” affirms Groenewald. “The team has gone through a planned management development programme in order to facilitate the preparation needed for the challenges and future growth prospects the business has identified.”

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With the business facilitated in a small town, when vacancies arise Thos Begbie advertise locally and where possible will recruit from the local pool of available personnel. “We have promoted a policy of opportunities for employee children,

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and this has provided us with a stable and committed workforce. We are proud to say that we currently have a fourth generation employee working at the plant,” Groenewald adds. “The employee’s great grandfather, grandfather and father have all retired from the Company over the years.” Retention of a committed workforce is vital to the success of any company, a factor which Thos Begbie is very aware of, having run an apprenticeship programme for many years which has a specific focus on providing the required training to develop the technical skills needed to thrive in the business. “We work closely with the Mpumalanga Tooling Initiative and the Middelburg FET College, where together with other local businesses, we are providing the students with practical training as part of their curriculum,” explains Groenewald. “When the students qualify, this provides us with an excellent feeder


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opportunity into the Company.” As members of the South African Foundry Institute, Thos Begbie & Co is able to provide continuous development of the skills required for success at many levels through its foundry training facility, combined with an excellent programme of lectures and presentations. Continuing with the theme of progression throughout the Company, retention of staff in key positions is facilitated by giving positions of authority and responsibility with agreement on outcomes to incentivise them in the concept of them ‘running their own business’.

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Worldwide recognition

Our manufacturing ability has attained worldwide respect, and we believe that this is our key differentiator from our local counterparts

Thos Begbie & Co has worked hard to achieve a business model which is largely customer-led, its primary focus subsequently being on improving equipment performance for its customers and ensuring that continuous improvement does not incur any costs for the customers. “Our manufacturing ability has attained worldwide respect, and we believe that this is our key differentiator from our local counterparts,” Groenewald adds. “The Company’s international footprint covers every major smelting operation and we continue to strive


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for recognition as our customers’ preferred supplier for watercooled equipment for their operations.” While aiming for continued success in the field of watercooled equipment, the Company is partnering with a number of specialist peers to ensure that its base business remains stable and continues to thrive as it enters other markets. “We currently hold a patent jointly with SAVEWAY of Germany, on a piece of technology where fibre optic sensors are cast into the copper equipment, enabling the operations to

Numerous global partnerships contribute to the end product

continuously monitor the equipment performance and the conditions within the furnace.” Alongside partnering with SAVEWAY, it has also obtained a partnership with Vaal University

Technology (VUT) and is in the process of developing 3D printing moulds and cores for the foundry. It is anticipated that exciting developments such as these will allow the Company to produce castings for both industries and businesses which at present it doesn’t have the capabilities to supply. “We are moving into very exciting times and it is my hope that in the next few years the initiatives we are currently working on will have been brought to fruition, bringing continued growth and success,” concludes Groenewald.

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The Water Institute of Southern Africa

The Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) and its members know that water is life! he Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) is a member association for the water sector in South Africa and neighbouring countries. It is also recognised by SAQA as a Professional Body. WISA’s vision is to promote professional excellence in the water sector, through building expertise, sharing knowledge and improving quality of life. WISA is a non-profit company, is a registered public benefit organisation, and is currently at Level 3 BEE compliance. WISA is always striving to build partnerships with strategic stakeholders in the water sector, and to ensure its sustainability through effective and efficient controls and good corporate governance. In addition, WISA is passionate about environmental and social sustainability. WISA is also always trying to synergise and to collaborate

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with other organisations and individuals, Water Innovation Technologies, to make a significant difference in the Water Reuse, Water Science and water sector. Young Water Professionals. These branches and divisions WISA structures make sure that every member has WISA serves its members through a place where they can contribute, different structures, mainly offering share knowledge and network with services through its valuable base likeminded professionals, and make of volunteers. It has branches in a difference in our sector. Eastern Cape, Free State, KwazuluNatal, Namibia, Western Cape and WISA membership offering Gauteng. WISA also has different WISA considers its member base technical divisions to address the as its biggest asset, and strives specific interests and technical to serve them by offering regular specialities of its members. These seminars and conferences on a divisions include the Anaerobic Sludge wide range of water-related and Processes, Community Water Supply sectoral topics. These events aim and Sanitation, Industrial Water, to develop members professionally International Water Associationand to provide an opportunity for Southern Africa, Management knowledge sharing and professional & Industrial Affairs, Membrane networking. All WISA members pay Technology, Mine Water, Process discounted fees for all such events, Controllers, Small Wastewater although the non-members are also Treatment Works, Water Distribution, welcome to attend.

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form on the website, and submit it to wisa@wisa.org.za, fax it to 011 315 1258 or post it to WISA, PO Box 6011, Halfway House 1685. We look forward to welcoming you to the WISA family.

Upcoming events

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WISA hosts the largest water sector conference biennially, with more than 2000 delegates attending. The next biennial conference will be held at the Cape Town ICC, in June 2018. WISA also hosts at least 3 to 4 smaller conferences per year, through its technical divisions, and offers seminars and other water sector information sessions, through its branches, on a regular basis. For information on events, visit the website, subscribe to the fortnightly electronic newsletter or send your enquiry to events@wisa.org.za.

Contact us Allemanskraaldam Waterfall in the Luphephe dam WISA has both individual and non individual membership.

Individual membership categories include, Student Membership, Associate Membership, Affiliate Membership, Academic Membership, Full Membership, Retired Members, Fellows, Senior Fellows and Honorary Membership. WISA has also registered a professional designation, namely Professional Process Controller, that it is busy introducing through the water sector. This designation accreditation encompasses an accredited qualification, workplace training, a code of conduct and continuous professional development. WISA is in the process of developing more professional designations for the water sector. WISA also offers the following categories of non-individual membership: Patron Membership, Company Membership, Municipal

Membership and Educational Institution Membership .These member categories each receive different benefits ,but includes value added benefits like discounts for their employees attending WISA events, discounts on exhibiting at WISA events, discounts for advertising on WISA platforms, and different numbers of their employees enjoying most of the individual membership benefits. These members also have the opportunity to sponsor WISA events, and in so doing contribute to the development of their employees and the water sector as a whole. This is just an extract of the benefits of individual and non-individual membership. Please visit our website at www.wisa.org.za for the full list of benefits for each membership category. To contact WISA, please call our reception at 086 111 WISA (9472). To apply for membership, please download the membership application

You can read more about WISA or get involved, by using the following contact points: Telephone: +27 11 805 3537 Email: operations@wisa.org.za for any enquiries Company website: http://www.wisa.org.za/ Technical website: http://www.ewisa.co.za/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WISAweb

Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter by sending your name and contact details to: operations@wisa.org.za

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Making Waves for Half a Century S.A.M.E. Group is driving South Africa’s water infrastructure evolution, responding to the most pressing global challenges while enriching a nation in search of sustainability Writer: Matthew Staff | Project Manager: Donovan Smith alk onto any wastewater the best technologies the world over, works in South Africa S.A.M.E. Group’s three divisions have and there is a good subsequently become a mainstay chance you will see in the nation’s overall strive for S.A.M.E. equipment at sustainable energy and utilities; the head of works, some as old as 50 epitomised by the Group’s bread and years and still in a working condition; butter division, S.A.M.E. WATER. the design and quality of each machine “S.A.M.E. WATER remains the best standing the test of time as feasible in the industry and is able to harness options to repair and upgrade decades both skills and passion for water in after installation. the services we deliver,” explains The S.A.M.E. Group’s Managing Director, Frank holistic solution to Schulz. “Our team South African water includes mechanical, infrastructure process, civil remains ahead and electrical of the pack in engineers, project a country that engineers and a continues to superior design benefit from the team who are Company’s turnkey meticulous in their consortium offering. approach to every Driven by innovation project we commit Frank Schulz, MD and influences from to; and are highly

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“When it comes to attaining key contracts our aim is to offer the best services at the best possible price to still be competitive and always make sure we compile in all aspects for municipal tendering”

specialised in turnkey projects and deliver world-class quality products, all backed by innovative design and cutting-edge technology for the water and wastewater industry.” S.A.M.E. DREDGING forms the second component of the Group’s overall portfolio, offering specialised solutions in the dredging domain via a local manufacturing arm and the provision of operator services, operator training, dredger maintenance, and sediment blanket surveys. The final strand, S.A.M.E. MATERIALS HANDLING “specialises in producing innovative ruggedly built conveying equipment that is capable of distributing, collecting, elevating, transporting, feeding, heating, cooling, drying and mixing a large variety of materials”, Schulz continues. “Our differentiator is this broad scope of manufacturing expertise, allowing the Company to adapt technologies and to design and build fit-for-purpose equipment unlike any other local company.” The high standards set in the industry across the aforementioned board is further compounded by the strong relationships now established with its clientele, both in affirming its works so far, and in winning market share and contracts in the future. Schulz states: “We have always made sure our after-sales services are on point in order to keep our clients happy. When it comes to attaining key contracts our aim is to offer the best services at the best possible price to still be competitive and always make sure we compile in all aspects for municipal tendering.”

Walk, talk and work as experts

S.A.M.E specialises in producing innovative conveying equipment

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Water is Life

Turnkey solutions for all wastewater-treatment related industries

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fabrication and installation of portable water and wastewater treatment equipment to become an all-round specialist ready and able to adapt to complex African conditions. “During the 1970s S.A.M.E. designed and manufactured the first bio-filter equipment in South Africa and started manufacturing clarifier equipment and chemical dosing equipment,” Frank Schulz recalls. “A deal was concluded between S.A.M.E. and Schrage, Germany, for the manufacture of local screening equipment and that same year grit removal technology was purchased from Germany.” Combining German efficiencies and precision with the Company’s local knowledge and experience, the approach to ‘build it right the first time’ flourished and following an influx of more modernised technologies, an expansion into Cape Town in the 1990s, and the inception

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of its hugely successful division for the manufacture, sale and hire of inland hydraulic dredging equipment; S.A.M.E. Group as it is seen today was shaped. “The Company continued to grow and developed expertise in electrical & instrumentation and project management,” Schulz adds. “S.A.M.E. invested in technology to offer solutions for mini treatment / package plants and equipment to increase capacity of existing plants that are overloaded.” The culmination is a long-lasting quality renowned in the sector, a defiance to never leave a project unfinished, the willingness to go the extra mile to provide satisfactory service, and the ability to adapt quickly when it comes to learning from mistakes and embracing the latest innovations and technologies. Schulz continues: “We walk, talk and work as the experts in our respective

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Extending the value chain

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strategic partners along the way, the Company is now in a prime position to be equally aggressive in its approach to the future, as it looks to gain a stronger market share in the water and wastewater arena. “We have already established a satellite office in Cape Town and are in process of setting up in Port Elizabeth, Kwazulu Natal and our first satellite office outside South Africa in Kenya, Nairobi. These branches will be up and running before March, 2017,” Schulz notes. Aiding sustainability within the confines of the business is an equally stringent commitment to personnel development and employee enrichment, focusing largely on localisation before unveiling the


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advantages of a refined and honed training and development initiative. This loyalty is consequently repaid by the workforce to contribute towards a high retention rate; employees safe in the knowledge that their efforts will be rewarded. Schulz says: “The diversity of businesses among our organisation offers employees a broad range of career path options. Employees can advance within their functional discipline, or progress along a path that provides experience across a range of functions. “Based on performance, business needs and personal interest, employees can cross job functions, business segments and geographic boundaries as they advance within our organisation.”

“...purification is important... with decreasing water supply and an increased population...”

And so, the organisation advances too. And it does so with the ambition of becoming a turnkey operator in water sanitation and purification in mind. Schulz concludes: “In the years to come, the Company will be able to respond to diverse challenges in a world in which its clients will expect service providers to define the requirement and scope it, and compile all the technologies and service providers to address and solve it. “The point about extending the value chain to purification is important as, in the future with decreasing water supply and an increased population, South Africa will have to reuse far more of its processed water than it currently does, and will have to adapt ‘grey water’ for industrial use and even for drinking.”

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NIGERIA OIL & GAS CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION

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Join the conversation on the future of Nigeria’s energy sector THE 16TH ANNUAL Nigeria Oil & Gas (NOG) Conference and Exhibition, taking place from 27 February – 2 March 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria is evolving alongside the Nigerian energy sector and will expand to showcase opportunities throughout the sector. Don’t miss the opportunity to join the conversation on the future of Nigeria’s energy sector – setting the agenda for 2017.

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NOG 2017 will cover: • Legislation • Upstream • Midstream • Downstream • Power • Nigerian Content • Security • The Nigerian Oil & Gas (NOG) Conference & Exhibition annually gathers the most senior decision makers in the Nigerian energy industry from Governments, international oil companies, independent producers, international and indigenous service companies, financiers and consultants to discuss and develop strategies to spur growth in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

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With the support and participation of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, NNPC, its subsidiaries and the Nigerian oil & gas industry, NOG has become a part of the institutional framework of the industry and has been at the forefront of policy announcements and strategic discussions for the last 15 years. The Nigeria Oil & Gas International Exhibition is a vital platform for Nigerian SMEs and international partners, where Nigeria Content initiatives are planned and contracts are established and often signed. Initially, international players dominated the exhibition with only a handful of indigenous exhibitors; indigenous players and SMEs now make up 85 percent of the exhibiting companies at NOG. The Nigerian Content Seminar provides a platform for legislators, the NCDMB, investors and oil and gas businesses to convene and celebrate the Nigerian Content achievements realised since the enactment of the Nigeria Oil & Gas Industry Content Development Act, discuss the challenges that remain in Nigerian Content implementation, explore solutions and share case studies.


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AIF 2017 turns challenges into opportunities T H E I N S U R A N C E industry is facing an uncertain, unstable and highly complex economic and financial environment compounded by major regulatory and technological changes. At the same time customer expectations are rising year-on-year. AIF 2017 can help you successfully turn these challenges into new opportunities so you can provide your customers with the right service. This year’s conference will draw a broad audience of professionals involved in the development, operations, marketing, technology, distribution and administration of life insurance products. Our Speakers are all committed to providing attendees with the very best in research and knowledge that will help guide decision makers toward a more successful future.

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Come meet and network with industry leaders who encounter and solve - the same challenges you see every day. Learn how to gain a competitive advantage, benchmark your strategies, deliver a better customer experience, and so much more!

Fextons

Event organiser, Fextons is one of world’s renowned leading knowledge providers. We design and deliver highly focused information through publishing, Conferences, training and market intelligence. We focus on providing invaluable knowledge to individuals, businesses and organisations around the world. Fextons was founded in 2010 and now manages more than 100 events in up to 12 countries each year. Headquartered in India, we are currently active in Singapore, & the Middle East employing over 200 staff.  We design and develop training courses, conference programs and forums intended for precisely targeted audiences. We help companies around the world optimize their people and processes, steering to outstanding professional development and greater business outcomes. Through a highly positioned production method focused on research calls with end-users and major investors in the industry, our team is able to understand the current business concerns of today’s leading executives.


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THE YEAR 1997 will always be memorable – it’s when we hosted the first annual Power and Electricity World Africa conference. Terrapinn (the organisers of the show) wanted to play a central role in influencing the growth of the energy sector. This first event acted as the building block for channelling attention and investment as well as a guide to honing in on what is relevant and critical for all in the African energy sector. This is Africa’s longest running and largest power and energy show; an exhibition with 7,000 attendees and a Mecca of solution providers spanning three halls and thousands of square metres. GE, Barloworld Power, Siemens, MTU, Alstom, Voith, IBM, ABB, Mott Macdonald, Solar World Africa, Yingley Solar, Vestas, SMA, Arup… to name just a few, have all leveraged Power and Electricity World Africa as their once-a-year opportunity to meet and

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do business with new and existing customers. Billions of dollars of business has been initiated, concluded or influenced at this show. What originally started as a conference, has since expanded exponentially into a world-class exhibition and conference. Year-onyear, the event provides our partners with access to more than 500 African energy utility and IPP decision makers, who traditionally are difficult to reach. And most importantly, the show allows them to meet real buyers. We are proud to have hosted utilities such as STEG, Eskom, Nampower, Zesco, KenGen, Tanesco, EDM, ENE Ethiopian Electric Power, CEET, SNEL, Senelec, Sonabel, Nigelec, GRIDco and many others over the years. And this year we will welcome back in excess of 40 African countries for the 2017 edition of the event. It is the meeting place for buyers, sellers and their partners to do the deals that drive Africa’s energy sector. This is THE place where buyers find solutions to their challenges. Let’s not forget that our expo presents the largest gathering of solution providers to the African continent. TENS OF THOUSANDS of executives and business leaders from across Africa have attended the show over the past 20 years.


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Complementing the production of Africa Outlook, Asia Outlook and Europe & Middle East Outlook magazines, Outlook Publishing’s award-winning in-house team is now utilising these same specialist production skills to offer a full and bespoke range of editorial, design and marketing services via its new Outlook Creative Services division. For more information on how we can work with you in providing a plethora of completely flexible and customisable production services, please visit www.outlookpublishing.com/creative-services

DESIGN: Stephen Giles +44 (0) 1603 959 656 steve.giles@outlookpublishing.com

EDITORIAL: Matthew Staff +44 (0) 1603 959 655 matthew.staff@outlookpublishing.com

Mandy Farnell +44 (0) 1603 959 661 mandy.farnell@outlookpublishing.com

Phoebe Calver +44 (0) 1603 959 660 phoebe.calver@outlookpublishing.com

Africa Outlook - Issue 46  
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